A Lesson From the 4-Minute Mile

Reading the story of Roger Bannister. The very first human being to break through the  impenetrable track-and-field barrier of running a 4-minute mile.  Runners had been chasing the clock to beat 4-minute mile seriously since at least 1886. It was a physical barrier that runners tried for years to break. Roger Bannister was the first to beat the clock with a time of 3 minutes 58 seconds. He trained differently than conventional wisdom at the time. Then, just a year later, three runners broke the four-minute barrier in a single race. Over the last half century, more than a thousand runners have conquered a barrier that had once been considered hopelessly out of reach.

Why am I telling you this story? The 4-minute mile was not only a physical barrier it was a psychological barrier. We know this is true because once Bannister broke through, it sent the message to the other runners that it can be done! You have goals for your life, and you too think that they are hopelessly out of reach. As this story proves, you have not reached your goal whatever that may be,  most likely due to psychological barriers. I know that they seem as real to you as if someone put shackles and locks around your ankles preventing you from walking through that open door. What changed for Bannister and the runners after him was their mental mindset. Before he broke through the 4-minute mile, the mindset was that it could not be done but he did it anyway because he thought it can be done. Your mindset of not having skills or the right degree or I’ll never make as much money is a mindset that needs to be changed. It can be changed. Now I am not a runner AT ALL but I do know a bunch about psychological barriers. I know how to help you change your ingrained perspective so you can start the race set out before you to change and reach your goals. Don’t accept the limitations, tradeoffs, and  the middle of the road mindset. Always learning and training others differently/

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