A perfect classic example is obviously Roger Bannister. In 1954 Roger Bannister became the first person in the world to run the 4 minute mile. Before 1954, scientists and doctors all agreed that it was impossible for the human body to run a mile under four minutes. Studies showed not only that it was impossible but it was extremely dangerous. If you attempted to run a mile in under 4 minutes your heart might explode. Your nervous system would break down and you could collapse and drop dead.
But Roger Bannister had a dream, a goal, and he didn’t believe what all the doctors and scientists were saying. He was self disciplined and continue to train and work towards breaking this barrier. And he proved it by being the first human to run a mile in under four minutes.
Now here is the cool and interesting part of the story. After Roger Bannister proved it was possible to run a 4 minute mile then over the next 12 months dozens of other athletes also ran a mile under four minutes. You see nobody believed it could be done but as soon as 1 person did it everyone’s belief system changed.
“What the mind can conceive and believe, and the heart desire, you can achieve.”
— Norman Vincent Peale
Here is how it works: Research psychology of performance has proven that there is a definitive link between the mind and the body, and what you think and believe will affect how you behave and perform, thus shape your entire life.
Again, if the belief was it’s impossible to run a mile in under four minutes, your body will reinforce that by proving it over and over and over again. For all the attempts that were made nobody could do it. As soon as one person disproved that belief now all the sudden, dozens of athletes did it in the whole next year….powerful!!!
The same process holds true for any goal, dream, desire. The impossible is possible. YOU just have to belief, take massive action, stay consistent and reap the rewards.
This story of Roger Bannister is proof that the mind and the body work in complete harmony. What you think and believe about yourself is what will manifest in your reality.
Confidence breeds success and success comes from trying, failing and learning from your failures. The way to become great at anything in life is to consistently rehearse and practice something you would love to become great at. To be confident you need to stop playing the victim and start playing like a creator. Change your mindset and realize that life doesn’t happen to you but you happen to life. Slow down and be present in everything you do. Put the time in that others won’t so you can do and accomplish things that others can’t!
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