“It’s impossible” they said. “Can’t be done.” Experts said that the human body was incapable of running fast enough for long enough, to run a mile in under 4 minutes.
Until May 6, 1954.
Roger Bannister did the impossible and broke the 4 minute mile barrier in less than ideal conditions. He did it on a cold day, on a wet track, at a small meet, before a crowd of just a few thousand people.
Only 46 days after Bannister broke this record, another man also ran a mile under 4-minutes. Not long after, others followed. A feat that had been impossible for decades was now being accomplished by many.
So, how did he do it? How can we do things that have never been done? Believe in ourselves without evidence it will happen?
“Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.”
The answer? With our amazing brains. The human mind is the only thing that can defy all odds. That can dream up the impossible. That can create certainty, without any.
We were all born to create. Every single day. The most powerful thing we create is meaning. We are doing it all the time, whether we realize it or not.
What is your 4-minute mile?