You may have heard the story about Roger Bannister. Once upon a time, it was held as truth that human beings could not run a mile in under four minutes. It was believed to be a physiological impossibility – until 1954 when Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4.
As amazing as that accomplishment is, the real story is what happened next. Once beliefs changed – once the possibility of running a mile in under four minutes became a reality to people, once the psychological barrier was breached, things changed.
Just 46 days later, the record was broken again (3 minutes, 58 seconds). Even more amazing, just a year later, three runners broke the four-minute time in a single race.
What we believe is possible has a dramatic impact on the results we achieve.
This past weekend, two more running records were smashed. For the first time, a runner ran the marathon distance (26.2 miles) in less than two hours! That’s a per mile pace that is less than a minute slower than Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile! The next day, at the Chicago Marathon, a new record for the women’s marathon time was also set by Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei.
When we believe affects our actions, it affects our persistence, and it affects how far we stretch ourselves.
What we tell ourselves is possible changes everything, and can dramatically affect our results.
Perhaps more critical – what we tell ourselves is impossible stops us in our tracks.
If you aren’t getting where you want to go, take a look at what you believe.
Do you believe, all the way down to your toes, that real, lasting success is possible for you?
Can you see yourself achieving your dream? When the going gets tough, can you talk yourself through it in a way that motivates you or reminds you of the path you want to be on?
What we know, what we believe, and the messages we tell ourselves grow.
Our beliefs can motivate us, or they can suck the oxygen out of our dreams. If you don’t believe that what you want is possible for you, then it’s time to get serious about the psychological barriers that are in your way.
Are you hanging out with people who model confidence? Are you nourishing yourself with the things that inspire you? Do you have the mentors and support in your corner who can help you stretch and grow and see the possibilities that feel elusive right now?
You are the only one who was put on this planet to live your unique life. Your best version of that life is what you and the world deserve. If there’s a gap right now between where you are and what you want to achieve, you’ve got it in you to make it happen.
Do you believe it? Your best life is counting on you.
We’ve got this!