Breaking the 4-Minute Mile and Why You Should Care

Excerpt from my next book Mind Traps: Escape the Chains That Hold Your Future Hostage

The mental chains that hold your better life hostage can be cut. New habits of thought can be built.

The way you think now can be taken to a whole new level of performance. Your mind can be trained to solve problems, be happy, build a greater life, and more. Your mind can be harnessed to take focused and laser actions that produce greater results.

This isn’t about working harder, it’s about working smarter.

For years runners believed the 4-minute mile could never be broken. It was a barrier that seemed beyond reach. Mentally, most runners believed that it was impossible. Yet Roger Bannister broke the barrier on May 6th, 1954.

Then his record was beat 45 days later.

What your mind tells you is impossible is many times absolutely untrue. As much as we would like to believe our minds, they often imprison us.

The experiences we’ve had, the books we’ve read, and the people we surround ourselves will all mold the plasticity of our thoughts and beliefs about what is possible.

I’m here to declare that many of the limiting beliefs that are a part of you, whether “learned” through experience or shaped by friends, family, or colleagues simply aren’t true. They are lies. They are traps of the most vicious kind.

You can’t even fathom your potential. Here and there you may have seen glimpses of the real you. Little sparks of insight that have given you small pieces of how you can use your gifts and talents to built, lift, and create, both professionally and personally.

Whatever education and skill sets you’ve already developed, your impact can be taken to the next level.

Now I’m not saying this is all easy. There are a lot of people who will try and sell you the latest overnight quick fix.

You have to pay the price for greatness. I can’t teach or coach desire, but with desire amazing outcomes are possible. Desire can be shaped and molded, focused and trained. Add in proven principles and the right tools and you’re odds of success go up exponentially as you take the best possible actions.