"The Bannister Effect" is the phenomenon of one person showing others that it can be done and, thus, prompting others to believe and #achieve.
I have always been fascinated by what creates #change and what prevents it. When we turn to history to learn, we see success often leaves clues……. Looking back to the 1940’s, Roger Bannister, had a clear #goal – to be the first athlete to run a mile under 4 minutes. People said it couldn’t be done. It wasn’t possible. The closest any human had ever come to running under a 4 minute mile was in the 1940’s, with a time of 4:01. Track athletes and experts believed the human body just wasn’t built to beat the 4 minute mile barrier.
Bannister defied what even physicians said couldn’t be done. What began first in his mind and felt in his heart, later became a reality in the record books. Bannister inspired millions that day – including his rival – Australia’s John Landry. Just 46 days after Bannister shocked the world, Landy beat Bannister’s record. By the end of 1957, 16 runners had broken the 4-mintue mile. After decades of believing something couldn’t be done, Bannister inspired hundreds of track athletes to BELIEVE and BEAT the 4 minute mile
How did Banister achieve the #impossible? Here are a few key learnings:
* Bannister turned his 1952 Olympics failure of not medaling into fuel to improve
* He started his training with a clear goal, and visualized it occurring daily
* Bannister broke his goal down into smaller goals including shaving each lap by a specific time
* After decades of believing something couldn’t be done, Bannister inspired hundreds of track athletes to BELIEVE and BEAT the 4 minute mile- When we believe we can do it, we are 80% of the way there.
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