How to get rid of self-limiting beliefs
For thousands of years not a single person was able to run a mile (about 1609 meters) in less than 4 minutes. Therefore physicists postulated that this was a limit of the human evolution. On May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister did the impossible and became the first human being ever who ran a mile in 3:59:4.
As amazing as this is, it is even more amazing what happens afterwards. Just 46 days later, his record was broken by an Australian runner named John Landy. According to Gary Mack’s book “Mind Gym”, over the next two years, fifty other runners broke the 4 minute mark. By now over 1400 male athletes ran a mile in under 4 minutes. The oldest being 40 years old and the youngest being only 16 years old.
Nothing has profoundly changed. The track surfaces and the genes were still the same. The reason was a change in the mindset of the athletes. They received a clear signal that it is possible to run a mile in under 4 minutes and with enough practice, they can do it too.
That story went through my head after I broke my “meditation record” from yesterday. Today my mind was calm for 8 minutes and 42 seconds in a 10 minute meditation session. The “record” from yesterday was “only” 7 minutes and 37 seconds.
What are your self-limiting beliefs? Is now a good time to shatter them and go beyond your previous limits?
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