Prior to 1954 no one in recorded history had run a mile in less than four minutes.
The “experts” told everyone the human body just wasn’t capable of doing it.
Then on May 6, 1954 Roger Bannister ran a mile in under four minutes.
Only 46 days later an Australian runner broke Bannister’s record.
Since that time numerous people have run a mile in under four minutes.
So what happened?
Did the physical abilities of human beings suddenly change?
No, but the belief and expectations of what could be possible changed.
How This Relates To Finding Your Passion
Often we don’t believe we can find our passion.
The “experts” in our lives tell us that finding your passion and loving your work is just not possible.
No one likes their work, they say.
They set the expectation that you’ll never be in a position to love what you do for work.
As a result, many people live their lives with the artificial barriers they’ve placed in their minds.
What You Can Do About It
Your level of belief determines the outcome you experience.
What beliefs in your life are holding you back?
Are you telling yourself you don’t deserve to get a better job, find a spouse, have more money, have meaningful friendships, or find your passion?
Are these things really out of reach for you or does your level of belief that you can attain them determine your outcome?
Sometimes you have to believe in the outcome before you know how you’re going to get there.
How To Change Your Thinking
If you want to change your current reality the best thing you can do is spend time with people who already have what you want.
If you want to have more money take a millionaire out to lunch and ask them questions.
If you want to know how to have an extraordinary marriage find a couple who’s been married for 30 years and spend time with them.
If you want to find your passion spend time with people who are living and working in their passions.
Jim Rohn said you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Who are you spending time with?
Are they influencing your thinking positively or negatively?
If you don’t believe you’re the best candidate for a new job, the company won’t either.
If you don’t believe you can pay off your debt then you won’t.
If you can’t envision yourself achieving a new goal you never will.
You have to believe you can achieve a new reality first and then you’ll figure out how you’re going to get there.
Think of how you can change the beliefs of everyone around you if you find your passion and do work you love.
Maybe you’ll be the Roger Bannister of your personal circle when it comes to work and careers.
Who knows, maybe you’ll change the course of history too.