I’ve come to the belief that all the good information and all the good intentions in the world will not make you change anything in your one life one little bit, unless you believe you can do it and are truly motivated to make change happen.
I’m not an athlete, but I do find the example of runner Roger Bannister to be quite inspiring. (Really it’s amazing how many techniques used to mentally help athletes improve performance can be applied to the everyman and everywoman who don’t have Olympic aspirations, but do want to lose some weight, exercise more and be healthier.)
In case you don’t know who Roger Bannister is, he’s the first person to officially run a mile in less than 4 minutes. Before he accomplished this feat on May 6, 1954, many “experts” believed that such a feat was impossible. However, not only did Roger Bannister accomplish the “impossible,” but runners have shaved almost 17 seconds off his record in the decades since.
So how did Roger Bannister do it? What changed on that day nearly 56 years ago?
Did the laws of physics change? No.
Did the human body change? No.
What changed was that Roger Bannister believed that it was possible to run a mile in less than 4 minutes, and made it his goal.
Once he had the belief and the goal, he figured out what he needed to do to reach his goal…and he did it.
What’s your goal? Do you believe you can do it? What do you need to do to make it happen?