The Power of Your True Potential
I’ve stumbled across something amazing. I really want to share this with you guys.
I was watching a Tony Robbins video on YouTube and he was telling a story that really hit home. I could probably write a thousand tribute posts to his work and it wouldn’t even scratch the surface of his inspiring ideas. But I want to concentrate on just one powerful message today.
Tony stated that for years and years nobody could run a 4 minute mile. It just didn’t seem possible. People tried and tried, but nobody could do it. However, in May of 1954 a man named Roger Bannister ran the mile in 3 minutes, 59 seconds. Bannister didn’t just run a 4 minute mile out of nowhere. He worked on it for years, he got close many times. He believed that it was possible, he believed in himself and he worked towards his goal, finally achieving it in an event that will continue to be known throughout athletics history.
Bannister had a personal belief in his ability to run the 4-mintue mile and eventually, he achieved it despite no man previously doing so. Then something even more astonishing happened. In the two years that followed his achievement, 37 other people completed the four-minute mile. In fact the record only lasted 46 days!
You read that right. Nobody could do it, then all of a sudden 38 people had achieved it.
According to Tony Robbins it was the acceptance and certainty of the belief that they too had the potential to do it. “If someone else can do it, so can I”.
The reason this has been playing on my mind is because I realized that we are all limited by our mind and the restrictions we put on ourselves. During your workout session you may think you have a strict limit on the amount of weight your body can lift. In response to this acceptance of limitations your body will give you the evidence in limited performance. You will lift exactly what your mind thinks you can lift. It is kind of like setting a target of 25 push-ups. Even though your body can manage more, you will struggle at 25 because your mind thinks you can only do so much.
Now I’m not saying that you can do ANYTHING with positive thought. Obviously it doesn’t matter how much you BELIEVE you can fly. If you jump out of a window, you will most definitely be wrong. However, be wise and reflect on the things you want to accomplish in your life. Is your mindset is holding you back?
If you find yourself in a situation where you are confident around your friends, but shy around people you don’t know well; is this a limitation you are placing on yourself? The answer is a resounding yes. It stems from an accepted limitation stopping you from exerting your natural self because of the self-image you create in your mind. You have a lack of certainty that your jokes will be accepted, or that your natural self will be good enough for that new person. We all go through it and it often stifles are ability to interact, or attract specifically members of the opposite sex.
I did this for years.
I was CONVINCED that girls wouldn’t be attracted to me. I thought I was destined for the friends-zone with every girl I liked. Guess what? I was right. If you think life is hard with the limitations you place on yourself then you’ll be amazed at how hard dating is.
You have all the potential in the world. The only thing stopping you is you. Even if you feel like you’re giving everything for the cause. It might just be a little switch in your mind that changes everything.
Once you realize that nothing can stop you. Really, nothing can actually stop you.
So get out of life what you deserve and start believing in yourself. Want to run a four minute mile? Try and run it in 3 minutes and tell yourself every day that it is possible.
Here is the video I am talking about. It is around 40 minutes long. You can play video games, you can browse facebook, or you can watch TV Shows for the next 40 minutes.
OR you can begin shaping your future and believing in your true potential to be great.
The choice is yours. Live wise.