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Rodger Bannister was the first person ever to run a mile in under 4 minutes. An amazing accomplishment.

There was a time when it was said that the 4 minute mile was physically impossible but then Bannister, an amateur runner, came along.

As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualized the achievement in order to create a sense of certainty in his mind and body. He believed he could do it.

Bannister’s time of three minutes 59.4 seconds was set at Iffley Road sports ground in Oxford on 6 May 1954.

Then something amazing happened. Others believed they could do it too.

Bannister’s record breaking time stood for just 46 days. Others began breaking the 4 minute mile.

So did people suddenly become faster runners or was their belief changed by Rodger Bannister’s success?

Since 1954 thousands of people have broken the 4 minute mile barrier. The 4 minute mile has now been lowered by an amazing 17 seconds!  And while sports science and nutrition play a part nowadays, it wasn’t the case in the 1950’s.

Sadly, Rodger Bannister passed away this week at the age of 88 but his historic achievement lives on.

How can we learn to believe we can achieve the seemingly impossible? We are programmed by others, parents, teachers, our peers and our own thought patterns into limiting ourselves. This doesn’t have to be the case. Using visualisation techniques and hypnosis, we can change self-limiting beliefs and exceed our expectations.

Is our belief that we can’t stop smoking, that we can’t control our appetite, that we have an overwhelming fear about something? Do we believe we are and anxious person, a negative person  or a person with low confidence or self-esteem? Why hold onto these unhelpful beliefs?

It’s amazing how quickly we can make these positive changes and transform our lives.

So perhaps it’s not a 4 minute mile we would like to run but we can always break through a mental barrier and achieve our own goals.

Get in touch now to discover how hypnotherapy can help you make that breakthrough!



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