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1 mile in less than 4 minutes

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

The importance of mindset in creating the results you desire.

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This is the story of Roger Bannister, an English Olympic athlete famous for breaking the records and running a mile in less than 4 minutes.

It happened in 1954, during a competition in Oxford. Bannister had been training very hard for this moment but so far he had had no luck. No one ever had run a mile in less than 4 minutes. NO ONE, EVER! Imagine being the very first in the world in something, it is quite a difficult thing nowadays. Despite people believing human beings couldn't run this fast he managed to do it.

He made the impossible, possible and guess what happened next?

In the same year another 37 athletes run faster than 4 minutes. Today the record is 3:43.13. and being below 4 minutes is considered average for the athletes competing at high levels.

What made the difference? Our brain adapts to what we believe we can or can't do and makes our body work accordingly.

[Check out my article about Self-fulfilling prophecy to know how that works by clicking HERE]

Roger mindset was not set on limits but possibilities. American psychologist Carol Dweck would define it as a Growth Mindset, that defines people who believe they can acquire any ability provided the right investment of study and effort. This kind of mindset impacts the way they face challenges and also with failures.

Never giving up is certainly one of the main characteristic of growth mindset individuals.

[Check out my article about Growth mindset VS Fixed mindset by clicking HERE]

Stay curious, knowledge seekers!

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