During the mid 20th century, the one-mile run was a centerpiece event in track and field. In its illustrious history, no one had ever broken the four-minute time barrier. For years, doctors, scientists, and the general public believed that it was physically impossible for humans to run that fast. Then in 1954, Roger Bannister came along and proved all the experts wrong by running the race in less than four minutes.
What’s more amazing is that within one year of Bannister’s record-breaking race, 16 more runners broke the four-minute mile as well.
How could it be that all of a sudden so many athletes were able to break a seemingly impossible record that had stood for so long? There hadn’t been a new technological breakthrough, nor could it be explained in any outward way.
One possible explanation is that none of those athletes truly believed it was possible to run the mile in under four minutes. Roger Bannister not only broke the physical barrier of running a sub-four-minute mile. He also broke a mental barrier that had been holding runners back for years.
We all have these types of mental barriers in our lives. We all have reasons in our minds why something can’t be done. Most are self-made inner doubts and excuses.
Isn’t it time to break through your four-minute-mile barrier?