An Impossible Four Minutes

Why do some people achieve the impossible while others do not? Like the four-minute mile.

Impossible: not able to occur, exist, or be done

Have you ever wanted to do something but weren’t sure how, so you didn’t act upon it?

Have you ever seen something done that you resonated with but didn’t pursue it yourself because of your beliefs around it?

Have you ever felt the desire to be, do, or have something more because you saw something or someone else increase?

But instead you held yourself back because you weren’t sure of your abilities?

We’ve all been there

I’ve been there more times than I can count and I’m sure you’ve been there too.

But it’s not if you doubted before or not that matters. It’s what you choose to do with those doubtful feelings that will matter going forward.

Enter Roger Bannister

In 1954 Roger Bannister took on the one-mile race believing he could be, do, and have something more.

Up to that time no one had broken the four-minute mile ‘barrier’.

But that didn’t stop Roger. He broke the four-minute mile time on May 6th, 1954.

The True Significance

What Roger did in breaking that four-minute mile was tremendous.

But the true significance was for humankind – over 20,000 people have done it since then. Men, women, even high school runners have accomplished the same feat since 1954.

So, what made the difference?

Eyesight and mindsight – judging what you actually see in front of you is wildly different from what you choose to interpret what you see in front of you.

Interpretation, to me, is the active choice and accountability that comes along with that decision. Where judgement is based on past events which have shaped your current moment.

That could become problematic

You can’t let the past define you, right?

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
― Bill Keane

If right now is the only present or gift we have, why aren’t we using it to our advantage? Roger Bannister certainly made the choice to seize the preset instead of dwelling on past races.

The same approach is there for your taking.

Everything that was done once will be done again and again and again, until someone chooses to do something different.

If you’re repeating the past, it’s because you haven’t chosen to take the steps towards a different future.

Are you choosing to act for yourself or allowing outside forces to act upon you?

The History Behind the History

Very few talk about the years leading up to Bannister’s achievement but that time period is the definition of outside forces interfering.

But at some point, Roger Bannister made the choice to move forward and we will talk more about him and about overcoming outside forces next week.

In part two of this series I’ll discuss what it takes to overcome and break through your barriers.

Until then, consider one change you have been waiting to make – your own personal four-minute mile – and what has been holding you back.

Your history is waiting to be changed.


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