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"You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them, and fly."
- Rumi 13th century

Ever heard of the 'Bannister Effect'? Before 6 May 1954, it was thought 'impossible' to run a mile under four minutes. All kinds of experts claimed no human body could ever go quicker than 4 minutes. So how did they explain that on that date one Dr (now 'Sir') Roger Bannister did the very thing that 'experts' across the world had said was not possible! Shock, horror he ran a mile under 4 minutes - 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds to be precise.

However, it wasn't the physical barrier, but the psychological one we refer to when we describe the 'Bannister Effect'. Now really think about this:

In the 12 months after Bannister's historic run, 37 more runners broke the four-minute mile, and in the 12 months after that, another 300 did it!

All athletes who presumably could have run that fast before Bannister's run! So why didn't they? Because they didn't know it was possible. Don't let people tell you, you can't do things. Always remember the Bannister effect and how it can be little more than a limiting popular delusion.

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Published by mark.tyrrell April 1st, 2016 in