How You Can Achieve The Impossible

How you can achieve the impossible. That’s certainly an audacious, bold statement. Is there enough evidence to make that a legitimate claim? Well, as soon will soon see, everything is impossible—that is, at least until it is done.

Thousands would try and thousands would fail. Thousands would try again and thousands would fail again. Doctors and scientists both agreed, they said it couldn’t be done. It wasn’t just dangerous; it was impossible. “Man could not run a mile in under 4 minutes and whoever tried would die in a foolish attempt.” Our bone structure was wrong, wind resistance too great, we had inadequate lung power, and our heart simply could not take the strain. For years and years, people tried to crack the 4-minute barrier. Some got close, extremely close you could say, but for roughly nine years the record stood still at 4:01.30, as runners coupled with the idea that maybe, just maybe, the experts had it right. Perhaps it was impossible, perhaps the human body had reached its limit. 

Impossible Is Just A Word

Then on May 6, 1954, on a cold, wet day in Oxford, England, that all seemed to change when a man by the name of Roger Bannister, at the age of 25, did the unthinkable and broke the 4-minute barrier running the distance in 3:59.4. All of a sudden, all limits were broken, what once was deemed impossible, was now possible, and all previous beliefs, that it couldn’t be done, were shattered. 

How You Can Achieve The Impossible

All it took, you see, was one man with an idea ingrained so deep in his mind to defy doctors, scientists, and do the impossible. Roger Bannister’s unwavering belief allowed him to be the first sub 4 minute mile runner

Develop An Unwavering Belief

When you believe in something so much, imagine it so vividly, that it becomes your reality, you are bound to do it. I don’t care what it is. You are bound to do it, and this is the case with Roger Bannister. He did the impossible and broke the 4-minute barrier not just because he believed he could, but because he was certain he would. 


In fact, as part of his training, he relentlessly visualized the achievement in order to create a sense of certainty in his mind and body. He knew what it felt like to break the record before he actually broke it. He alone was able to create certainty within himself without seeing any physical proof that it could be done. 

This is why Roger Bannister is such a beacon and icon for humanity. Not just because he was a fast runner or ran a sub-4-minute mile but because he showed us that the only limits we have exist in our own mind. He did the impossible, he did the unthinkable, he did what doctors and scientists both agreed could not be done.

“Whoever tried would die in a foolish attempt,” they said.

Others Will Follow

What’s even more amazing then Bannister’s impossible, record-breaking run, is just 46 days after Bannister did the unthinkable, another runner did as well. And this time a full 1.5 seconds faster, running the distance in only 3.57.9. Yes, only about six weeks after Bannister did the impossible, another runner did as well. But it didn’t just stop there, as more and more runners started to believe that it could be done, more and more runners began to break the record. By the end of 1957, roughly only 3 years after Bannister’s impossible, record-breaking run, 16 runners had achieved the impossible as well and broke the 4-minute barrier.


How is that possible? How is it possible that so shortly after Bannister broke the four-minute barrier other runners began to do it as well? Was there a sudden spurt in human evolution? Did all runners just begin to get better and better? Did they all change their training and diet simultaneously? Or was it something else, something deeper?

How You Can Achieve The Impossible

Obviously, there was not a sudden spurt in human evolution, this was only 46 days after, not 46 years. And no, 6 weeks is certainly not enough time for someone to change their training and diet and drastically improve. So, therefore, it seems that there was not a physical change that was made, but rather, a psychological one. Other runners now believed it was possible, they saw it could be done so they went and did it. Simple. Since Roger Bannister’s impossible, record-breaking run in 1954 over 1,400 professional male athletes have broken the record. A record, as I said earlier, was not thought to be humanly possible. Doctors and scientists both agreed and said it couldn’t be done!  All it takes is one man (or women) to challenge all beliefs and do the impossible for others to follow.

Break the rules, do something daring, and never—ever, set limits on yourself.

If you want to achieve and receive anything you want, you first have to believe that you can. Then and only then will you put in the effort necessary to put yourself in a position to be successful and do the impossible. Believe in yourself, believe that you can become whatever you want to become. Remove your limiting beliefs, remove your perception of what you believe to be possible. Don’t let your mind be the only thing that is holding you back. The first step to achieving anything you want is first believing you can. Develop an unrelenting, unwavering belief in yourself. That, is how you can achieve the impossible.

Freqently Asked Questions

How old was Roger Bannister when he ran the mile?

Roger Bannister was 25 years old when he ran the first ever sub 4-minute mile running the distance in 3.59.4.

What did Roger Bannister die of?

Roger Bannister did of Parkinson’s disease at the age of 88 years old.

Who has broken the 4 minute mile?

Although Roger Bannister was the first person ever to run a sub 4-minute mile, since Bannister’s record breaking run on May 6, 1954, over 1,400 male professional athletes have broken the once impossible record.

Where did Roger Bannister break the 4 minute mile?

Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute barrier on a cold, wet day in Oxford, England at the age of 25 years old.

What is Roger Bannister famous for?

Sir Roger Bannister is famous for being the first person ever to run a sub 4-minute mile.

Is Roger Bannister dead?

Unfortunately, yes, Roger Bannister is dead. Roger Bannister died on March 3, 2018, in Oxford, England.

When was Roger Bannister born?

Roger Bannister was born on March 23, 1929, in the London suburb of Harrow.

How can we achieve the impossible?

Everything is impossible until it’s done. Develop an unrelenting, unwavering belief in yourself. The saying, “you can accomplish anything you set your mind to,” is not a fairytale. It’s reality.

What are the ways to achieve success?

There are many ways to achieve success, but the first and most important thing you need to do is believe that you can. Then and only then will you put in the effort necessary. Realize that those who are at the top of their field, whatever field that may be, are no different then you. They have just practiced longer, harder, and more often than you have. You can do anything you can set your mind to.

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