Wednesday, March 24, 2010


For many years every one knew that running a mile in less than 4 minutes was impossible . Articles published in journals of physiology ‘proved beyond doubt’ that the human body couldn’t do it. Then on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister broke the four mile barrier and achieved this long sought dream of the athletic world.

He learned to break a big goal into little ones. He trained himself to think of the four quarters in the mile separately. Each time he aimed to run the quarter in 58 seconds or less. He ran to the point of collapse. Then he would rest. He would dash another quarter mile. Each time the point of collapse was pushed back a little. When he finally ran his great race it was in 3 minutes 59.6 seconds. In next four years the feat was performed 46 times by himself and many others.

So never judge what you can do by any precedent. Because man’s capacities are unlimited and so little has been tried. According to scientists, a bumblebee’s body is too heavy and its wing span too small. Aerodynamically the bumblebee cannot fly. But the bumblebee doesn’t know that and it keeps flying. When you don’t know your limitations, you try wonderful things and surprise yourself. In fact the only limitations a person has are those that are self imposed.

Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model and set to do within limit prescribed for it, but a giant tree which requires to grow and develop itself according to the tendency of the inward forces.

Cherish your dreams and visions as they are the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Success consists of a series of little daily efforts. Do everything with feeling and enthusiasm. Do them to the best of your ability. Always push yourself a little beyond your limit. Trying is the key word. Improvement comes if you try and if you correct your next performance by what you learned from the trials. In your journey there will many roadblocks. Every achiever has had them. But don’t let the obstacles to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it. Always remember that circumstances can only affect you as far as you allow them to do so. If God wants you to do something and if you are willing to work hard on it, whole world cannot stop you from achieving it.


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