Just Because They Say It’s Impossible Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Do It



The 4 Minute Mile Is Impossible

For nine long years the record of the mile hovered just above four minutes. As early as 1945, Gunder Haegg had approached the barrier with a time of 4:01.4. But many people said the limits of physical capacity had been reached; it was impossible to break the four-minute barrier.

When Impossible Suddenly Becomes Possible

Some even believed that your heart would explode! But in 1954 Roger Bannister broke the tape at 3:59.4. And what was the result? Well, as soon as they myth of the “impossible barrier” was dispelled, the four-minute mile was attacked and pierced by many with apparent ease.

In almost no time the four-minute achievement was beaten sixty-six times by twenty-six different runners!

If you dismiss this as merely the power of competition, then you’re missing the point. There was just as much competition before the four-minute mile was broken. The succeeding runners discovered from Bannister that it can be done.

Roger Bannister Breaking The 4 Minute Mile

Questions To Ask Yourself:

Are you challenging what others say is impossible or do you just go right along with them?

Are there things in your life that seem impossible just because they haven’t been done before?

What aspirations have you given up on because others say it cannot be done?




  • Another great post, Joseph. A timely reminder for me to check the edges of my “possibility” and go beyond my familiar zones. As usual, I love your graphics! What was the url of your new site again?

    • Thanks. I’m glad it was encouraging to you. And the graphics site I’m working on is http://www.BetterBlogImages.com. It is still unfinished but coming along. I have quite a few tutorials up so let me know if you find them helpful.

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