They said it couldn’t be done—an impossible feat. For nine years Gunter Hagg’s record of 4:01.4 stood.
Then, on May 6, 1954, the impossible became possible; Roger Bannister set a world record for the mile with a time of 3:59.4.
With his record, Bannister also broke the psychological barrier. Having removed that obstacle, forty-six days later John Landy broke Bannister’s record with a time of 3:58 (his time of was 3:57.9 was rounded off by the IAAF).
At the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver on August 7, 1954, another record was broken when Bannister and Landy competed in the first race in which two runners ran the mile in under four minutes—Bannister, 3:58.8 and Landy, 3:59.6.
In 1983, another example of the power of our thoughts appeared in the World Journal of Surgery regarding a study on the effectiveness of chemotherapy for various types of cancer. Of the individuals who received a placebo, thirty percent had hair loss even though they were given a harmless substance. The hair loss occurred only because they thought it would.
Knowing the above examples, what about your thoughts in your daily life? Would you now pause before thinking: “I’m fat;” “I’ll never be able to change my eating habits;” or “I’ll never be consistent with my exercise routine.”
Periodically review your thoughts, question them, and then, eliminate any that no longer serve or limit you.