It all starts with one’s belief, on May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister broke through the 4-minute mile at a time of 3 minutes and 59 seconds. This is after it was thought that it was physically impossible for a human being to do so.
For years runners had been striving against the clock, but the elusive four minutes had always beaten them, It had become as much a psychological barrier as a physical one. And like an unconquerable mountain, the closer it was approached, the more daunting it seemed. Roger on the other hand believed wholeheartedly it was possible then sought out on his journey.
Once Roger surpassed the unthinkable, it shed light and relief on other athletes that it was possible. To this day thousands have now broke through that four-minute threshold, and it all started from one man’s belief.
What changed was the mental model. The runners of the past had been held back by a mindset that said they could not surpass the four-minute mile. Impossible becomes possible when it starts with one’s belief.