Experts once said that the human body was simply not capable of completing a mile in under 4 minutes, it wasn’t just dangerous; it was impossible! Further legends suggest that people have tried for over a thousand years to break this barrier. In the 1940’s the mile record was pushed to 4.01 where it stood for 9 years as runners struggled with the idea that maybe, just maybe, the experts were right. In 1954 a man by the name of Roger Bannister achieved the impossible and managed to run the mile in 3:59.4 and since then tens of thousands of people have completed the impossible, even non-professional athletes have achieved this feat once thought to be physically out of reach for human beings.
So what changed? How has this achievement been repeated on so many separate occasions? Some would say it was the realisation that it was possible, the ability to mentally process something, that at one moment in time, limited people’s beliefs was now a physical possibility. Maybe people asked themselves, why not me? Why can I not achieve this? The perception that it could not be accomplished was shattered and now people were left with hope, the excitement and trepidation of the possible, and then came the question – “Could this be MY reality”?
Self limiting beliefs constrain us in some way. Just by believing in them, we do not say, do or think the things that inhibit us, so in doing so we impoverish our lives and discourage that investment. Limiting beliefs are often about ourselves and our self identify; however the beliefs may also be about other people and the world around us.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man is but a product of his thoughts, what he thinks he becomes”. Human thoughts determine human behaviour and ultimately determine human actions, if you think that you won’t achieve your goals in life, your behaviour and actions will fulfil that prophecy. Reframe those thoughts to positive affirmations so behaviour and actions reflect that positivity and just maybe you will achieve those life goals.
Take a moment to consider where you could use some certainty in your life? What would it take, short of proof, to make you believe in your own talents and believe in yourself?
Information and influences cited from Ewan Mochrie and Tony Robbins.