Before 1954 no one had ever recorded a sub-four minute mile and most people thought it couldn’t be done. Some even went as far as to call it a “physical impossibility.” Then, in May of 1954, Roger Bannister recorded the first sub-four minute mile with a time of 3:59.4. Six weeks later another man, John Landy, broke that record with 3:58.6. Once Bannister accomplished this impossible task, there was belief that it could be done and it has been repeated time and time again. How is it that something deemed impossible can be done countless times over? Belief. Landy had never ran a mile that fast, but once he saw that it could be done, he believed that he could do it himself, and he did. The power of belief has never been so apparent as it was in the four minute mile, but how does that apply to your life.

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago that sparked quite a bit of conversation. In it, I spoke about how my mom was able to listen to her body and adjust her posture and breathing to continue running when she normally had to stop. All of a sudden, she saw what she was capable of and believed she could do more. She believed in herself, she believed in her body, and she wasn’t going to be defeated. Too many times we look at something that is challenging and assume it is too hard before we even give ourselves a chance. Whether it is exercise, diet, or lifestyle changes in general what we believe we are capable of doesn’t always match what we are actually capable of. At the first sign of struggle we give up because that’s what we were expecting instead of pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps and striving forward in the face of adversity.

My absolute favorite moment when I am working with a client is the exact moment when the lightbulb inside their head turns on. Skepticism is natural, especially when you are starting something new and challenging. But at that moment when you realize that you are capable of far more than you originally thought is very powerful. Your belief changes. Your motivation changes. Your results change. My challenge for you this week is to simply, believe. Regardless of what you are trying to achieve. Weight loss, family relationships, finances, your career; believe you can accomplish those goals and go do it.

The truth is that you are capable of far more than you give yourself credit for. It’s not always cupcakes and rainbows, but you have an incredible strength built inside your mind that can propel you through the thickest of struggles and come out on top. That strength is belief. Believe you can, believe you will, and don’t let anyone or any circumstance tell you different.

What do you want to accomplish this year? I believe you can do it. Do you?

Have a great week!


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Comment by Nick Marrs on April 4, 2012 at 12:56pm

I'm glad you enjoyed the post! You are absolutely right, we use "logic" as a crutch for mediocrity. We settle because logically it may be difficult or improbable. If we can, like you said, challenge that logic and tap into our strength bank and see what we are actually capable of and believe in that, then hold on because its going to be impressive! I always enjoy when you comment on these posts, glad to hear from you Rob.

Comment by Robert Clinton on April 3, 2012 at 1:09pm

I love Roger Bannister's story. It's amazing that you can literally prove the power of belief with these examples. I think logical explanations are great, but sometimes they can hinder possibilities if no one decides to challenge logic. Great post

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