Roger Bannister running the first sub-four minute mile
Photo Credit: The Associated Press
I've coached now for over 40 years. The
hardest part of coaching is getting people to believe in their God-given
ability at a heart level. Helping people overcome their genuine lack of belief
in their talents and abilities is the number one challenge in the coaching
I spend months and sometimes years trying to help people believe more deeply in their God-given talents. I am passionate about helping people believe in their unique gifting at a heart level. The sooner unbelief issues are resolved, the more meaningful and impactful life you’ll have.
The fog of what’s possible in life cleared the day I ran in the Original Ultimate Runner Competition (10k, 400 meters, 100 meters, a mile, and marathon all ran on the same day). Something connected in my spirit like never before.
For the first time, I truly believed I could run with the best in the world. I had a sense of peace and a deep belief in my heart that "I could do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)”. This wonderful verse finally came alive in my heart, spirit, and mind. It became my life verse that I refer to frequently to this day.
Belief in your God-given ability is the gateway to your dreams and a more meaningful life. When you truly believe in your gifts, the seemingly impossible starts to happen. Lives around you are also changed forever in ways that are unimaginable at first.
Truly believing in your God-given talents is faith in action. By developing and acting on your talents, other people will benefit tremendously from your life story. You owe it to yourself and others to develop a deep belief in the gifts He gave you. Your gift and example may give hope and unlock the door to greatness for generations to come.
Let me further illustrate all of these ideas by sharing one of my favorite stories of all time. This story is one of the most powerful peak performance examples in history. The first four-minute mile illustrates the power of belief and the impact belief has on the lives of others like no other.
Several decades ago it was thought by experts that a sub-four-minute mile was impossible. It was assumed that no human could run that fast. For decades, men tried to prove the experts wrong. For years, the experts were right until one blustery day in England.
Roger Bannister did not believe the experts. He refused to buy into the status quo thinking of his day. Bannister set out to become the first man to break the sub-four-minute mile barriers.
By working hard and smart, Bannister was ready to go after his goal. We all know the ending to his story--or do we? Bannister, of course, proved the critics wrong by running the first-ever sub-four-minute mile in history. As great as Bannister’s record was, it was not the most amazing part of his life story.
Within a month of Bannister running the first sub-four-minute mile, John Landy of Australia broke Bannister’s record. Within about ten years, over 300 runners ran under the four-minute-mile “barrier”!
The greatest thing that came out of
Bannister's record and story was his ability to inspire others to go for their
dreams and goals. When Bannister broke a long-standing barrier, he
unconsciously gave others permission to break through their barriers and go for
When you break a barrier of any kind, it’s not just about you. By believing in and acting on your unique God-given abilities you'll set others free to pursue their dreams and goals.
may not be as dramatic as Bannister's first sub-four-minute mile; however,
people will stand up and take notice when you give it your all by reaching a
personal best in life. You may even inspire future generations to go for their
dreams when you break through a long-standing personal barrier.
We can always do more than we initially believe. Go beyond the artificial barriers that live in your mind. Tear down those imaginary thoughts that are holding you back from your dreams and goals. Give your gift to the world for the benefit of others. Run your own sub-four-minute mile in the areas of life that God has placed in your heart.
The path to freedom is right in front of you. Face your challenges with fearless determination. Never give up, never give in, when you fall down get back up again. Believe in the gifts God gave you and help others do the same.
Read Matthew 8:13 for more about the importance of belief
Learn more about the power of breaking barriers in my interview on a sports show in the video below.
Copyright Larry Weber 2020