“Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve.” — Mary Kay Ash

On May 6th, 1954, Roger Bannister broke through a psychological and physical barrier by running one mile in under four minutes. Before then, it was thought to be impossible. Four minutes was considered to be the absolute limit that runners had been chasing since at least 1886.

They thought that it could only be broken under perfect conditions – it had to be perfect weather, hot with no wind, on a hard, dry clay track. Bannister broke the record on a cold day on a wet track.

Whilst that seems amazing – and it was – a year later, three runners broke the 4 minute barrier; and over the last half century, more than a thousand runners have conquered a barrier that had once been considered hopelessly out of reach (https://hbr.org/2018/03/what-breaking-the-4-minute-mile-taught-us-about-the-limits-of-conventional-thinking). 

So what had changed? Nothing – except their belief and their thinking! In the Bible, it says:

And do not be conformed to this world, but d be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2

So, don’t limit yourself – “What you believe, remember you can conceive.”

Coming soon – #MondayMotivation booklet, with a collection of quotes.