Too often do we sell ourselves short in life. We tell ourselves we can’t do this and that while allowing others to do the same to us. Ken tells an inspiring story about Roger Banister, a man who broke record for running a mile in four minutes. Telling yourself the things you can’t accomplish affects your business and life. Remove those barriers that prevent you to grow. There is no such thing as a lid. You are unlimited and you need to recognize that. Accomplish more. Do more.
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Take The Lid Off
May 6th, 1954. What does that have to do with anything? This is episode 198. It has everything to do with this podcast. Roger Bannister, a pre-med student, was trying to break the four-minute mile and being a pre-med student, he knew a lot of doctors. Back in the day in the early ‘50s, he was told for four years, “Roger, you’re going to kill yourself.” The human heart cannot, under any circumstance, run a four-minute mile. It can’t be done. People have tried for hundreds of years. It can’t be done. Roger kept saying, “That doesn’t make any sense because every year, the record for the mile gets closer and closer to four minutes. Granted it’s still a few seconds away, but I don’t accept that.” What Roger did over a four-year period of time was he found people that were quarter-mile sprinters that would pace him and then he, for four years, tried to get closer and closer to four-minute mile.There is no such thing as a lid. Click To Tweet
The bottom line is here’s the story. May 6th, 1954, after hundreds of years of people trying and four years of Roger Bannister expressly pacing himself with really fast quarter mile sprinters and doctor after doctor telling him he is physically insane, he’s going to bust his heart, his heart is going to explode in his chest. On May 6th, 1954, Roger Bannister breaks the four-minute mile. What’s the point? The point is really simple. Within a matter of days with probably no training on other people’s parts, ten people broke the four-minute mile. Not 60 days after that, 100 people broke the four-minute mile and now thousands upon thousands of people worldwide break the four-minute mile all the time. As a matter of fact, the record is three minutes and 43 seconds.
What’s the point? The point is the record was between Roger Bannister’s ears and as soon as he broke the record and he did it in three minutes, 59 seconds, the world got it on ticker tape in the ‘50s and all over the radio and TV. Immediately, the other milers all of a sudden believed they could break the four-minute mile and they instantly broke it. They didn’t train for it for four years like Roger Bannister. Some of the people that broke the four-minute mile days after he did it, their previous best time was four minutes and twenty seconds and they physically jumped twenty seconds to break the four-minute mile. It’s a mental thing, not a physical thing. Here’s the question, what in your life have you told yourself and sold yourself you can’t do? How much growth in your personal life and in your business and in your bank account have you justified and told yourself you can’t do?
You’re not going to do it. You’re not going to accomplish that. That is exactly the same thing that the world believes yet Roger Bannister didn’t believe it. He knew he could break it. What’s the point? The point is get a piece of paper, get a pen and ask yourself, “What barriers do I have around me right now personally, spiritually, relationship-wise, especially finance and business?” Brian Tracy, dig into his books, please. He has something called the Income Barometer and he proved in 1984 that when they went in and interviewed, and this is in three countries of all different industries, commission only sales reps on January, “How much are you going to make this year?” They would physically annotate. They did 1,100 people. These people, commission-only, wrote down a number. They read it to the Brian Tracy Institute and then the Brian Tracy Institute started following up in June, July, August, and guess what happened? These people, almost to the person that said, “This is how much I think I’m going to make,” some of these people hit that number by June and couldn’t produce another dollar the next six months for the rest of the year because their income barometer wouldn’t let them.80% of self-talk is negative. Click To Tweet
Their income barometer said, “That’s what I’m worth.” They had the Roger Bannister lid on their finances. Please understand this premise that there is no such thing as a lid. There’s no such thing as what you’re worth. Everybody is worth unlimited. Everybody can make $1 billion. That’s not a negative. Can you imagine the good you can do with an extra $1 billion? Get the cap off your head. My wife’s got a killer chapter in a great book. The title is I Am Not a Garbage Can With a Hairy Lid, Don’t Dump Your Crap on Me. Here’s the problem, 80% of self-talk is negative. We’re dumping our own crap inside our own mind. Stop it. Everybody reading this is worth 100 times more than you think you’re worth. Everybody reading this can accomplish more, do more, and achieve much greater results, much faster than ever expected. Take the lid off yourself and go kick some tail and do it now. I hope this helps.