What's Impossible?

I woke up today to the news of Power Balance's blow out of the whole fake wristband thing. You know how people make fake versions of the wristband, right? My brother said something that I find is so true, "The idiots are actually those who make fake wristbands out of what is now to be-- fake wristbands." It was just yesterday that I passed by a fitness center and saw a huge poster of Shaq being the spokesperson of the wristband and I thought, "Really, Shaq, did you also fall for it?" because I just feel like something didn't sound right. Magical rubber band? Is there really such thing? The power of the mind, that's what has been the secret to this global success. Or shall I say the unspoken fraud?

Power of the mind. It's also the barrier that restrict you from doing your best, living up to your maximum potential. For 400 years, statistics said that it's impossible for a competitive runner to reach a mile in 4 minutes. It was until Roger Bannister, a passionate young athlete who went against the odds. He trained himself and kept his mind set into thinking it is possible to 'break the rule.' And he did, he prove to the world that statistics are just a bunch of data, and it shouldn't be the bar that holds you back in doing your best. What's interesting is that, in the next 10 years, after the record was broken, 366 other runners also broke the 4 minutes rule! They all ran a mile in less than 4 minutes. Imagine if Roger didn't do 'the impossible.' People would be living under the shallow minds of "I can't run a mile under 4 minutes." So who's up for a jog at the park with me? ;)

Another example of using your mind as a force that drives you further instead of dragging your hope down is Tara Holland. In 1994, she signed herself for a pageant contest and won runner-up as Miss Florida. She decided to do it over and the following year she also won runner-up. She was tempted to give in and put her pageant days to an end, but she kept going and moved to Kansas. In the same year of moving to Kansas, she signed herself for another pageant and she won the title of Miss Kansas. Up next, the Mother of Pageants, Miss America. Yup, you know this ends with a 'happily ever after,' she was crowned Miss America. On an interview after her triumphant battle, she was asked how she had made it that far. She admitted that after losing twice in the regional level, she almost gave up but she rented dozens of Miss Universe, Miss World, and all videos of the past contests. She paid extra attention to the winning ritual at the end of each contest, the process of handing the crown over. She pictured herself in that situation. How she walked down the runway numerous times, waving at the crowd that showered her with applause and standing ovations. She envisioned her victory and it became a reality.

"Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle-- when the sun comes up, you'd better be running. The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win."- Roger Bannister


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