Sunday, August 23, 2009

Your 4 Minute Mile

The Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once observed:”Most people take the limits of their vision to be moment isn’t necessarily the life of your future. You might be viewing things through the eyes of your fears, limitations and false assumptions. Once you clean the stained glass window you see the world through, guess what? A whole new set of possibilities. Remember, we see the world not as it is but as we are. That idea change my life, over a decade ago, when I was an unhappy lawyer searching for a better way to live.

Years ago, it was believed that no runner could every break the 4 minute mile barrier. But after Roger Bannister broke it, many more replicated his feat-within weeks. Why? Because he showed people what was possible. And then armed with that belief, people did the impossible.

What’s your “4 minute mile”? What bill of goods have you sold yourself as to what’s possible? What false assumptions are you making in terms of what cannot have , do and be? Your thinking creates your realilty. Your beliefs truly become self-fulfiling prophecies (because your beliefs drive your actions- and you will never go any higher than your thinking). If you think something cannot occur in your life, then there is no way will take action required to make that goal a reality. Your “impossibility thinking” manifest itself. Your perceived limitations become the chains that keep you from the greatness you were meant to be. And you are so much better than that. Celebrated neurosurgeon Ben Carson (In Gods Hands) expressed it so well when he said “There is no such thing as an average human being; if you have a normal brain, you are superior.”

Written by Robin Sharma (article appeared in magazine Motivated Issue 12-2006)

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