The Impossible Mile


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The Opening Song during our seminar Mind Power Reading - the purpose of this presentation is to help participants get rid of negative beliefs surrounding their reading abilities

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The Impossible Mile

  1. 1. The Impossible Mile <ul><li>A Presentation given at the start of </li></ul><ul><li>The Genius Mind Reading Seminar </li></ul>
  2. 2. Oxford, London Thursday, 6 May 1954 A windy, spring day with 15 mph cross winds rising up to gusts of 25 mph.
  3. 3. It wasn’t the ideal day for Record Breaking….. <ul><li>But.. On this day </li></ul><ul><li>A six foot one, 25 year old </li></ul><ul><li>unknown medical student </li></ul><ul><li>set out to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>what was thought impossible </li></ul><ul><li>up to that date. </li></ul>
  4. 4. For many years it was widely believed to be impossible.. <ul><li>for a human to run a mile ( 1609 metres) </li></ul><ul><li>in under Four Minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, for many years, </li></ul><ul><li>it was believed that the Four Minute </li></ul><ul><li>Mile was a physical barrier </li></ul><ul><li>that no man could break without </li></ul><ul><li>causing significant damage to the runner’s health. </li></ul> 
  5. 5. Folklore has it .. <ul><li>Greeks used lions to chase runners.. </li></ul><ul><li>But nothing worked. </li></ul><ul><li>So they decided it was impossible. </li></ul><ul><li>And for thousands of years everyone believed it. </li></ul><ul><li>It was physiologically impossible for a human being to run a mile in under four minutes </li></ul>
  6. 6. There were A Million Reasons <ul><li>“ Human Bone structure is not suitable…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Wind resistance would be too great…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Human Lung capacity will be strained…” </li></ul>
  7. 7. The achievement of a four minutes mile.. <ul><li>seemed beyond human possibility, </li></ul><ul><li>like climbing Mount Everest or </li></ul><ul><li>walking on the moon. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Then One Man <ul><li>One single human being proved </li></ul><ul><li>that the doctors, the trainers, </li></ul><ul><li>the athletes, and the millions and </li></ul><ul><li>millions before him who tried and failed.. </li></ul><ul><li>were all wrong.. </li></ul>
  9. 9. When Roger Bannister <ul><li>the unknown medical student, </li></ul><ul><li>ran the mile in 3 minutes….. . </li></ul><ul><li>He not only crossed the finish line with a time of </li></ul><ul><li>3 minutes, 59.4 seconds but also…. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Broke through the <ul><li>Four Minute Mile </li></ul><ul><li>Psychological Barrier…. </li></ul>
  11. 11. John Landy <ul><li>A great runner of the day.. </li></ul><ul><li>Several 4.02 minute miles. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;It is a brick wall. I shall not attempt it again..” but </li></ul><ul><li>56 days after Roger Bannister’s Breakthrough, </li></ul><ul><li>John Landy ran the four minute mile in 3 minutes and 57.9 seconds, in Finland…and set a new world record </li></ul>
  12. 12. Once the four minute barrier was broken by Roger Bannister… <ul><li>37 other runners also cracked the </li></ul><ul><li>Four Minute Mile in the next year and </li></ul><ul><li>300 the year after </li></ul>
  13. 13. So… what happened to the <ul><li>Physical barrier …? </li></ul><ul><li>that prevented humans from </li></ul><ul><li>running the Four Minute Mile ? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Was there a sudden leap.. <ul><li>in human evolution ?... </li></ul><ul><li>A great breakthrough in training? </li></ul><ul><li>Human bone structure did not suddently improve.. </li></ul><ul><li>But human attitudes did ! </li></ul>
  15. 15. Often the barriers we perceive <ul><li>are only barriers in our own minds. </li></ul><ul><li>Previous runners had been held back by their beliefs and mindsets. </li></ul><ul><li>When the barrier was broken, other </li></ul><ul><li>runners saw that it was possible and then </li></ul><ul><li>37 runners went out to do the same. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Our beliefs and mindsets… <ul><li>Limit or expand our world. </li></ul><ul><li>Beliefs have power over us because.. </li></ul><ul><li>we treat them as though they are true. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Beliefs influence what <ul><li>You attempt or </li></ul><ul><li>choose not to attempt in life. </li></ul><ul><li>They determine what you </li></ul><ul><li>pay attention to… </li></ul><ul><li>How you react to difficult situations </li></ul><ul><li>and ultimately </li></ul><ul><li>your attitude.. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Success and failure <ul><li>Begin and end </li></ul><ul><li>In what the mind believes </li></ul><ul><li>Is possible. </li></ul>