The Black 4 Minute Mile
Sometimes you have mental barriers. Those are the worse kind. They are a lot harder than the physical ones because the real ones you can look at and assess; you can begin to pare it down in your mind. But the ones that only exist in your mind get bigger and greater. You can’t widdle it down because you can’t really touch it but it does exist and it feeds off your fears. So soon you decide that although no one can see it that it does exist. You can use it to tap into others fears who believe in the same thing and it becomes more real because someone else has cosigned to it. The more people who believe it the more real it becomes.
Someone might try to dispel the myth and tell you that the barrier isn’t there, it’s all in your mind. But you and everyone else remind them that the barrier is there because if it wasn’t you would have done X but you haven’t done X because of the barrier that is holding you back.
Then someone does X even though you told them it couldn’t be done. It’s like when Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile. No one had ever run a mile in less than four minutes before so everyone believed it couldn’t be done. But then on May 6, 1954 Bannister ran the mile in 3 minutes and 59.4 seconds and suddenly people realized “Hey, I can run a mile in under 4 mintues”
So then the question becomes do you really want to run the mile in under 4 minutes? What about your weak knees? Your propensity to become short-winded? The fact that you hate to run?
Mental barriers are the worst because one someone breaks through then you don’t have the fear anymore. Or the barriers. It’s just you in your bare feet, the track shoes dangling from your hand by the shoestrings. You can either put them on and run like the wind or admit you never wanted to join the race anyway.