Are You Sure It Is Impossible?

“If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” – Denis Waitley

Prior to May 1954, the population of the world generally believed that it was impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.  This belief was also held by scientist and the medical profession.

They said it could not be done; that the human heart would burst and that the muscles and bones would tear and break under the stress.

We all now know that this is not the case. However back in the 50’s, this was something athletes did not even contemplate; a mile in under 4 minutes? Impossible!

This belief was shattered in May 1954 when Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.  He had achieved the impossible.

The impossible was now possible.

What is interesting, is that once Roger Bannister proved that it was possible, within a few weeks other athletes run the mile in less than 4 minutes.

Once he had proven that it was not impossible, others followed his lead.  Prior to his groundbreaking achievement, they had believed it was not possible, and so had never been able to achieve it.

In an interview with the Telegraph newspaper Bannister said the following:
“The final bit is mental. I am sure of that.”

“It is only impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

Your dreams; are you sure they are impossible?

About the author

Jacqueline Akakpo

Jacqueline believes that individuals have the power to make an enormous difference and is passionate about helping people achieve their potential. She had a varied career which includes working as a trainer, marketing professional and civil engineer. She has worked in the UK, Spain and Ghana. She is the founder of

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