Since the beginning of time, people held the belief that running a sub 4-minute mile was impossible. No one had done it therefore no one believed it could EVER be done. Then on May 6, 1954 a man by the name of Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds. The belief that a sub 4-minute mile was impossible was no longer valid. Just 46 days later, John Landy beat that time by completing a mile in 3 minutes and 58 seconds. Over the next year, 100 runners broke the 4-minute mile. The following year? Over 300 runners ran under a 4-minute mile!
How powerful was that belief? When we are told or have never seen someone do something, we develop limiting beliefs that it can’t happen when in fact it could. Just because someone hasn’t succeeded in the past doesn’t mean someone CAN’T succeed. The fear of failure causes people to be “realistic.” Because people fear failure, they end up with limiting results. In the story of the 4-minute mile, once the sub 4-minute mile became reality, failure was no longer feared allowing more people to run the mine in under 4 minutes.
So, I ask you.. What story are you telling yourself that are limiting your results or keeping you from doing something all together? Do you tell yourself you are not good enough, not strong enough or not smart enough to do something? Are you telling yourself that you can't be as good as (or better than) the person you admire or look up to?
These thoughts, your beliefs, are limiting you as your beliefs are ALWAYS right until your begin to question them and change them! What do you do? If nothing else, error on the side of overestimating your abilities without putting your life at risk. By underestimating your abilities through limiting beliefs, you will certainly prove yourself right.
A few thoughts to help you out..
- Just like Roger Bannaster, you are powerful beyond measure. You are better than your beliefs. It is time to realize it!
- The past doesn’t equal the present or the future… Unless your beliefs from your past are LIMITING YOU in the NOW!
- Failure only happens when you completely give up. As long as you have made a real decision, committed to it and you are taking MASSIVE action, there are only results to your action, not failures. Continue to hone your actions until you get the results you are looking for.
- Regardless to what you are wanting to do...a new career, a new house or running a triathlon, evaluate your beliefs and question them. They may very well be keeping you from doing the IMPOSSIBLE!