#011: How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs

"The Four-Minute Mile"

Our first newsletter we had a year ago, Doves, promised that we would deliver motivation to you in 4 minutes or less.

That reason is a man named Roger Bannister

See, people have been competing in running competitions of different sorts since before the Greeks and Romans.

However, people had only been actively tracking their mile times since 1886.

For years and years, men and women ran as fast as they could for a simple prize:

Bragging rights to see who was the fastest.

For over 68 years, runners had tried to specifically run a 4-minute mile.

They ran like Forrest. They ran like the Flash. They ran like Jesse Owens.

… but none of them ever actually did it.

They all believed it could only be done under “perfect conditions” and that it wasn’t realistic”.

It had to be the perfect track. It had to be 68 degrees. It had to be in front of hundreds of thousands to ensure adrenalin would rush in. 

Except they never found the perfect track, on the perfect day, with no wind, clean air and a venue that could hold a city.

Therefore, they believed it couldn’t be done.

Insert Roger Bannister.

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister took off. 

In front of a few thousand people, on a shitty track in London, on a cold, windy day…

Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. 

He did it.

The fact that he did it at all was impressive. 

However, it’s not the most important aspect of this blog.

For years, people had tried for this feat with no proof that it could actually happen.

Then it did.

And within 46 days of Bannister breaking the record, somebody else ran a mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds…

Within one year of Bannister becoming the 4-minute man, three different athletes broke the 4-minute mark in a single race.

Since 1954, 1531 people have broken the 4-minute mark.

Just because it hasn’t happened yet, doesn’t mean it can’t.

Somebody just has to go first… why can’t it be you?