Impossible is Nothing

Let me tell you a story

On 6th May 1954, British athlete, Roger Bannister ran the world’s first recorded sub-four minute mile (3 minutes 59.4 seconds). Up until then, athletes thought it was impossible to run a mile in less than four minutes.

It was an amazing, landmark run. What is interesting is that the record only lasted for 46 days and that same year, more than 16 more runners recorded a sub-four minute mile. Why was this, when up until Roger Bannister ran his sub-four minute mile, nobody had managed it?

It was because people then knew it was possible, and therefore believed that they could also achieve the sub-four minute mile.

The reality is that we are all capable of achieving amazing results if we have the self-belief to “go for it”. One of the most common reasons we fail to achieve is fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of looking a fool, and so the list goes on. Fear can and does inhibit action.

If you look at a list of some of the most successful people in business, many have had a long hard slog with hundreds of attempts at getting their service or product perfected and then getting rejected, very often hundreds of times. They then either find an organisation that believes in them, or like James Dyson and Colonel Sanders (of KFC fame), they set up their own business. All the major vacuum cleaner manufacturers rejected Dyson before he set up his own business and went on to international success and he still continues to grow.

If you have a business or a business idea that you truly believe in, one of the key ingredients for success is self-belief and confidence, both of which you can learn and develop with support from an expert and this then leading to taking action.

Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.

Lao Tzu


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