This week my son started Cross Country practice for his Middle School team. This reminded me of the story of the first runner to ever break the 4-minute mile…
This impossible feat was accomplished on May 6, 1954. Up until that point it was believed that a human being could not run a mile in under 4 minutes. Doctors said that the heart could not handle it and it would never be achieved.
Yet, Roger Bannister proved it was possible when he ran the mile in 3 minutes and 59.6 seconds on that day in 1954.
When Roger was interviewed by Sport Illustrated about the amazing feat he talked about his physical training of course, but he also went into detail about his mental training which was just as critical to making this so-called impossible feat, possible.
For several months Roger conditioned his subconscious into believing that this record could be achieved. While other runners listened to the experts who said it was unattainable, Roger ignored them and placed positive thoughts in his mind.
Sure enough, after the 4-minute mark was broken, many other runners, no longer held back by that limiting belief accomplished the same task. Within 4 years from Roger’s record-breaking run the four-minute mile was accomplished 46 times by him and other runners. On August 6, 1958, in Dublin, Ireland, five runners in the same race ran it in under four minutes.
What impossibles have you placed in your mind? What goals do you think are unattainable because of various circumstances in your life? This week do as Roger Bannister did, train both physically and mentally to achieve your so-called impossible feat. Your physical training should consist of taking an action each and every day to move you closer to this goal. Your mental training is to think positively on that goal. Believe it is possible. Continue to reinforce this in your mind throughout the week. If thoughts of it being unattainable enter your head, immediately replace them with a positive thought or visualize yourself as having already achieved it.
Wishing you success in all aspects of life,
Founder and President
Smart Health Wellness and Performance