Wednesday, 29 July 2015

BREAK THE FOUR MINUTE-MILE BARRIER: Lessons from Sir Roger Bannister

I had a very brief talk with Apostle Sibiya about the coming conference to be held in the first week of August. The Conference is passionately known as TICC (abbreviation for Tiyambuke International Christian Convention) In my talk with Apostle Sibiya the Founder of Glory Ministries, I gleaned a very important lesson about Legends. Legends are men who are either living or dead who have done great and almost impossible things. When we look at these legends and their great accomplishments, we get the motivation and the encouragement to do exploits of our own. If these ordinary men and women could do extra-ordinary things with their little resources, then we also can achieve our own greatness.
Lessons from Sir Roger Bannister
'Footprints Of The Legends' is all about celebrating men who achieved greatness in various niches and areas of gift. These men did what was once thought of as impossible and in doing the impossible they became a source of motivation and encouragement. In Zimbabwe we have greats like Oliver Mtukudzi a legend in the entertainment arena and many other Legends which I will be featuring in the articles to come. These men and women are a source of inspiration and motivation. We remember how the swimming sensation Kirsty Coventry has motivated so many youths to take up swimming. I have already started talking about the Techno Greats - Legends like: Bill Gates, Mark Zacherberg, Steve Jobs, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The story or motivation and encouragement that came to my mind is that of Sir Roger Bannister. Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister, CBE is an English former middle-distance athlete, physician and academic, who ran the first sub-four-minute mile. Sir Roger Bannister achieved his ambition of running a mile in under four minutes and this achievement was an important milestone for a human being to attain.

It was one believed that it was impossible to run a mile in four minutes. In the sport of athletics, the four-minute mile is the act of completing the mile run (1,760 yards, or 1,609.344 metres) in less than four minutes. It was first achieved in 1954 by this man Roger Bannister in 3:59.4. The "four-minute barrier" has since been broken by many male athletes, and is now the standard of all male professional middle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds. Running a mile in four minutes translates to a speed of 15 miles per hour (24.14 km/h, or 2:29.13 per kilometer, or 14.91 seconds per 100 meters).

What lessons can we learn from Sir Roger?
1. Try. If you see an important goal and it is one you want to reach, go for it. Put yourself up for the prize. Understand that you have the ability within you to achieve what you want to accomplish.
2. Train. If it is important enough to go for, it is important enough to prepare for. Bannister trained for years for a race that would ultimately be against himself and a stopwatch. When we want to achieve a goal, we must take the right steps to achieve it. Usually, this is a systematic and difficult journey. These steps build on each other and make us stronger over time.
3. Tune out. We learn to tune out the people who tell us we can’t achieve our goals. Few thought Sir Roger could run the four minute mile. Many people thought it was a physical impossibility. If he had listened to them he would have stopped before he began. He could, however, turn their negativity into motivation. If you can tune out the negative messages and turn them into a positive thoughts, perhaps saying, “I’ll show them they are wrong”. It can work to your advantage.
Sir Roger Bannister will always be remembered as a Legend for being the first man to break the four-minute mile. Remember, as  TICC (abbreviation for Tiyambuke International Christian Convention) get ready to break your own barriers and records, be it in Technology, Sports and Business. You can be a legend for 'Your Story Has Already Been Written'

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