“It’s always impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela
The very idea of running a mile in less than 4 minutes was said to be “impossible” by most doctors and runners alike… until Roger Bannister did it on May 6, 1954, and then the “mental lid” was removed. Two months later Bannister raced and beat an Australian runner named John Landy, but both of them beat the 4-minute milestone. Since then over 1,400 runners have joined them in this feat of speed and endurance. Currently, the 1-mile mental lid is set at 3:43.
Side Note: Bannister beat Landy, because Landy, who was leading at the end, looked over his shoulder to see how close Bannister was. When Landy took his eyes off the finish line, it slowed him down just enough to allow Bannister to win (but that’s a subject for another note).
My Girls, always visualize “possible” – not allowing the mental lid of “impossible” to keep you from your dreams. Focusing on “possible” will keep you working and conditioning yourself for success, and it will keep your Faith and Hope alive when the tough days come. Lastly, always do your best, because in this life you’re racing yourself mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually – not those around you.
Challenge Question: What’s your plan to get past “impossible” TODAY?