Roger wanted to be a doctor, and he went to medical school in England.
He also had another goal.
He wanted to be a star runner, but when you go to medical school, you go to school all day and you study all night.
But he still had this goal of being a champion runner and doing something that nobody else did.
Every day he would cut a different class, and he would meet his college track coach, because of course, medical schools didn’t have track teams.
He would meet his track coach at a track, and he would train, but since he was in school, he only had 40-45 minutes every day to train.
He only trained 40-45 minutes every single day, and he’d go back to school, and Roger Bannister, on May 6, 1954, became the first person to run the mile in under 4 minutes.
This story takes place way back in the early 50s when Roger Bannister was hoping to become the first person to run the 4-minute mile.
There were two other groups of people, and I said groups, that were trying to break the 4-minute mile.
A guy in Australia named John Landy, had a whole team of people. He had money and people.
He had massage therapists. He had nutritionists.
He had trainers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
He was living his life in training to break the 4-minute mile.
Then there was another group in Kansas and a guy named Wes Santee, and he had a group of people, nutritionists and physiologists.
He was training, too, but the guy that did it first was Roger Bannister.
A few weeks after Bannister broke the record, John Landy broke the record.
When people talk about this, they say the record was more psychological than physiological.
Roger Bannister is one of the more amazing people ever to live.
One of my friends had a neurology book on their shelf that was written by Sir Roger Bannister. Yes, the same Roger Bannister.
He was knighted twice; once as an athlete and once as a neurologist.
This guy is an amazing, amazing person.
In those 45-minute training sessions, do you know what he did for this training?
Well, I can tell you a few things he did.
It’s not how much time you put in it.
It’s what do you put into the time? He was totally engaged.
They’ve done some interesting studies.
Well, these studies are pretty old, but on football players.
Now football is a fall sport, and college football players usually get better grades in the fall than they do in the spring.
They say if you want to get something done, ask a busy person.
Football players are busier in the fall than they are in the spring, but they get better grades in the fall.
Bannister had so many other things going on, so when he was at the track, he didn’t have any time to waste.
He was totally, totally, totally engaged.
Focus on your ONE thing to the exclusion of all other things when you supposed to be locked into that ONE thing.
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Plan the week ahead – Kyle Newell