There was a time when it was generally believed that it was impossible for a human to run a mile in under four minutes. In May of 1954 Roger Bannister proved the impossible possible.
What’s perhaps even more notable; however, is what has happened since that incredible athletic feat. Within 5 years of Bannister’s run, the ‘impossible’ was repeated dozens of times by over 20 different people. In fact, less than two months after the four-minute barrier was broken, two runners (Bannister & John Landy) ran sub-four minutes in the same race!
In 1964, the first high-school athelete ran a mile under four minutes. An American, Steve Scott, has run sub-four minutes 136 times in his career and John Walker (no relation to Johnnie) has done it 135 times.
What was thought to be impossible is now almost routine – the impossible barrier has been smashed thousands of times – in fact the current record is almost 17 seconds under 4 minutes!
Never underestimate the power of inspiration. It can make the difficult doable, the impossible possible.
I often reach out for inspiration. It was difficult to break my addiction, but I know I can do it because thousands of others have gone before me. If not for that, I might have thought that it was not possible.
One person that I find particularly inspirational is Rich Roll. Many of you may have heard about Rich, an overweight alcoholic and drug abuser who turned his life around to become one of the fittest people in the world. I first found out about him when I read his book, Finding Ultra, which I’ve now read three times.
In addition to being a inspiration himself, Rich has a podcast in which he interviews other amazing people, many of whom are former drug addicts or alcoholics who have gone on to lead amazing lives.
Today I listened to Rich interview Khalil Rafati, a guy who runs a successful chain of wellness bars called SunLife Organics. Khalil was neglected and abused as a child and ended up a homeless drug addict before turning his life around.
Dude, if this guy can do it, I can. I am inspired.
…in the coming weeks, I hope to blog about some other amazing people whose life stories have inspired me. If you could use a little inspiration, hopefully one or two of their stories will resonate with you as they have with me.