Breaking Through Limitations – Yours and Theirs!

About 58 years ago, on May 5th, 1954, it was impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.

Or was it?

“They” said it couldn’t be done.  Why not?

Because it had never been done before.

Or had it?

The next day, on May 6th, 1954, at the Iffley Road track at Oxford University, an amatuer athlete and young medical student, Roger Bannister, was the first person to run a mile in under 4 minutes.  His official time was 3:59:4.  The previous record, set nine long years earlier, was 4:01.3.

So what was the difference that made the difference?

The difference was that Roger Bannister decided that he was going to break the 4 minute barrier.   He was not going to allow others limitations become his own.

He believed it was possible, and he put a plan of action into place to make that possibility a reality.  Through dedication, hard-work, and training, his body became capable of producing what his mind had already conceived.  He visualized himself crossing the finish line in under four minutes.

“They” said it could not be done, but he knew in his heart that it was possible.

And the race was already won in his mind, in advance of his actual performance.

During the race, he knew exactly where he had to be in relation to his time on the track.  After the first lap, at 58 seconds…at the half-mile, 2 minutes.  He was overtaken on the 3rd lap, right on schedule at 3 minutes.  But he sensed that the field was slowing down, and in the final bend, moved into the lead and ran with all he had to the finish…and a new world record!

But here is the strange part…

Not long after his accomplishment, his new record was broken.  And then something even more interesting began to happen… A few more runners began to run sub-four-minute miles!  And not just occasionally, but frequently.

How could something, so seemingly impossible to accomplish just DAYS before… considered at the time to be an “insurmountable human limitation”, had now become commonplace?

Quite simply, it is because prior to May 6th, 1954, the conscious mind of man had accepted conventional wisdom as fact.

And sadly, over 50 years later, we are still doing the same thing. 

Too often, we settle for limitations that we have put upon ourselves, or accept the limitations discussed or placed upon us by others.  We rarely reach the levels of achievement that are truly possible for us, because we fail to challenge ourselves to be our best.

Regardless of your current level of success, each of us is capable of far more than our present experience.

So what is your “4 minute mile”?

What is that seemingly insurmountable obstacle or goal that is currently beyond your reach?  What is holding you back from living your dreams and accomplishing your ultimate desires?

Success is your birthright, and you are not only capable, but you are DESERVING of the best that this world has to offer.  You hold within you, pure potential.  Yet until you accept that truth, until you believe in the possibility, your dreams may seem elusive, just as they did for every other runner on Earth in May of 1954.

From this day forward, choose a new belief.  Choose to believe in possibility.  Choose to believe that you are destined to live an abundant, successful, fulfilling life.  Use your amazing imagination to see your dreams as already being fulfilled.

Get clear on your goals, make plans to accomplish them, and get started!  Taking inspired actions toward the attainment of your desires is the critical key.

Believe in yourself… and remember, I believe in you!