Before 1954, the world believed the four minute mile was scientifically impossible. Many people gave up attempting the four minute mile.
On May 6, 1954, at the Amateur Athletic Association in Oxford, a man defied the belief and ran a mile in 3 minutes 59 seconds. His name was Roger Bannister. He practiced for 30 minutes a day, with each day, his faith in himself grew and he made the impossible possible. Within that year, another man ran the four minute mile. It is concluded that he was able to do so, because of the limiting belief that something is impossible. Which kept many runners from achieving the four minute mile. Now, even high school runners can run a mile under four minutes.
Bannister defy the impossible. He taught us the impossible can be possible. (Which is freaking incredible if you think about it. Imagine if you dare to try something like that. How would you feel?)
This fact, alongside numerous examples of humans accomplishing what is consider the impossible, is what fuels the Growth Mindset idea, made popular by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. She is considered the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation. Roger Bannister has a growth mindset because he believed he could improve. Everyone can and everyone has.
A growth mindset is purely a belief that you can improve. That’s all there is to it. Just like how it’s hard to resist the temptation to procrastinate, it’s a hard belief to maintain. What this means is that we’re not born with set skills and talents that determines our contribution to the world. It means, we can develop any skill and be anyone we want. It’s up to us, what we want to do with what we’re given. Thus, there is no such thing as passion.
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. –George Bernard Shaw
What many people are trained with, is the fixed mindset. Which sets limitations. Setting what is impossible. If you ever believe something is impossible to accomplish, you have a fixed mindset. You can disagree with me, but you’re wrong. Look at history.
Man can’t fly (Fixed mindset based on what is observable).
What is flying? How can man fly? On December 17, 1903, the Wright Brothers flew. (Growth Mindset and reality)
No one is perfect, you can’t beat them all. (Fixed mindset)
In 15 years of conquest Alexander never lost a battle (Growth Mindset and reality)
We as a culture need to wake up. Let’s start with changing our mindset now!
Fixed mindsets prevent a greater number of contributors to our world. Be Roger Bannister and just try. To take the first step, you have to train your mind to have a growth mindset.
The benefits are clear. Airplanes wouldn’t exist today. Personal computers wouldn’t exist. Live streaming netflix wouldn’t exist.
I welcome all suggestions on how to achieve this! 🙂 Comment below.