The 4-minute mile was considered physiologically unreachable for the longest time period; which naturally fed the psychological belief that is was also impossible. This was reinforced by physiologists of the time who believed running and training for this time was dangerous to the health of any athlete who attempted to reach it.
On May 6, 1954, Englishman Roger Bannister became the first person to break the “four-minute barrier”. Before that, Australian, John Landy held the fastest time just over 4 minutes. The world record mile set prior to Landy’s time over 4 minutes was set in 1945 and therefore held, and no one broke that record for nearly ten years!
What happens when our minds realize something is achievable?
Within 2 months of Bannister's breakthrough, Landy surpassed the record with a 3:57.9 in Finland. That same year they followed with a race called "Mile of the Century" at Vancouver to determine who the fastest miler was. Bannister won in 3:58.8 to Landy's 3:59.6, the first time two men in one race had broken 4 minutes.
The breakthrough?... By the end of 1957, 16 runners had logged sub-4-minute miles!
That was a psychological breakthrough more than a physiological one, although you can imagine how hard these runners trained to achieve their goal. Bannister proved this. He made it possible and achievable in the minds of other runners who strived to make a mile time under 4 minutes.
What is it for you that you want to change but don’t believe it is achievable for you? Our minds can open opportunities or close them. You really can take one step in the direction that you want to go. One step. Each of us are different and we have different motivators and different preferences. What works for one person might or might not work for another. What we do know is the mind is powerful. You have the power to decide to take that first step.
For tips on how to start achieving what you desire, check out two other blogs for inspiration. Believe and another written about New Year's Resolution: Be Kind to Myself.
Action Item #21 for July 21st
Take time today to make 1 marinade and two salad dressings for the week. Take out extra chicken to defrost and marinade. Use those dressings all week to dip veggies in, toss on your salad, or on whole grain pasta, brown rice or quinoa.
Action Item #22 for July 22nd
Plan and prepare today/tonight, what you will eat tomorrow. It doesn’t need to be difficult. For example: breakfast can be chobani blueberry yogurt with 1/2 blueberries mixed in, turkey sandwich for lunch with a side salad or baby carrots or handful cherry tomatoes, afternoon snack is a handful of almonds and a small apple, dinner is grilled fish (or chicken or steak), salad and 3/4 whole grain brown rice, quinoa, barley or farro tossed with 1 tsp. olive oil and a little salt and pepper to taste.
Action Item #23 for July 23rd
As you enjoy the foods that you planned and prepared for today, focus on your portion sizes, eat slowly and pay attention to feelings of satiation.
Action Item #24 for July 24th
Learn to say no, starting today. My recent interview with a cowaorker who has lost 94 pounds the right way said she has learned to say no. She says no to cake at work, she says no when people want to bring her lunch (but she will bring her own and eat with you), and so on.
Action Item #25 for July 25th
Plan not eat after 7 pm at night. Read a book instead, clean out your sock drawer or go for a walk with your spouse (we vote for this one!).
Action Item #26 for July 26th
Did you choose to walk with your spouse or a friend or even byself last night? Choose it tonight (again or for the first time). With a friend or your spouse gives you support, and solo gives you clarity. Ahhhhh!
Action Item #27 for July 27th
It is Saturday. If you couldn’t convince yourself or find time in your schedule to exercise and move your body during the week, do you have time today? If you are new to this, could you go for a 20 minute walk? If you are not new to this, choose your favorite activity for 30- 60 minutes.
Action Item #28 for July 28th
It’s Sunday! Pray and meditate. Choose to be closer to God, even if you are just going through the motions. You will get there. No matter what you believe, at the very least, you most likely believe there is something much bigger than yourself.
Action Item #29 for July 29th
Pick your clothes out for each day this week. That’s a time saver!
Action Item #30 for July 30th
Are you still drinking more water than you have in the past? Focus on drinking more water and do what it takes to enforce the habit. Make it convenient and available, make it cold, have it in your favorite bottle or galss...
Action Item #31 for July 31st
The last day in July is your day of commitment. Choose two-three of these items that you enjoyed and realized, “ I can do this”. Your action item for today is to continue those good habits. You will find that more good habits will follow because success breeds success. It is how we are made.
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