05 Jul The 4 Minute Mile

roger_bannisterHave you ever heard the story of the 4-minute mile?

It goes something like this:

For thousands of years, people held the belief that it was impossible for a human to run the mile in less than 4 minutes. The ancient Greeks even had lions chase the runners, but it was still ‘impossible’.

But in 1954, Roger Banister, a medical student at Oxford, with the mission to not only win the race but brake the ultimate record, ran the mile in 3:59.4, breaking this imposing belief barrier.

What’s more significant is what this breakthrough did for others.

In the whole history of the human race, no one had ever been able to break a 4-minute mile, yet after Roger within one year barrier, 37 other runners also broke it. His experience provided them with a strong sense of certainty that they too could ‘do the impossible.’ And the year after that, 300 other runners did the same thing! This week, let’s look for shattering a belief barrier that may be holding us back.

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