May 6, 1954: Breaking The Human Barrier

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May 6, 1954 was a historical day for the world. Roger Bannister became the first runner to break the four-minute mile. This is a barrier that many considered to be a "human barrier" because they thought no human being could run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Bannister decided to break this barrier and trained for two years. On May 6, 1954, 3,000 people watched as he crossed the finish line in 3:59 minutes and collapsed. It was an incredible moment - he broke the world record, and at the same time, a limiting belief of the world was broken. Here is what happened: Once he broke the record, many people started to believe that it was possible. Today, running a mile in less than 4 minutes is the standard for professional runners. Each one of us…show more content…
What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile barrier, and shortly after, dozens of runners accomplished it as well; all that changed was their conviction that they could do it. No matter what your four-minute mile barrier is, if someone already did it, you can do it as well. You need to believe it's possible for you -- once you choose to believe it's possible, the door opens and you can make a plan and act toward achieving the goal. When you are in doubt of your capability to achieve what you want, repeat this sentence over and over again: "I can, I will, I am." Repeat these words and convince yourself it's true. Say it with intensity; say it with emotion. It will remind you that you will find a way to make it happen. How long? How many times is it ok to repeat? As many times as you need to until you get up and say, "It's true! I can, I will, I am doing this!" If you find it challenging to believe in yourself, think about this: It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not. So what can you do about this? Think of one person that every time they look at you, you feel their belief in you, you feel they see something in you that maybe you don't see right now. Write down your goal, and operate with the thought in your mind- that if they see something in you- they have to be

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