Categories: Gettin The Mind Right

Get Inspired By History

Happy Monday!

It’s been said that history is our greatest teacher. We can learn from previous events and from people who have done both great & terrible things over time.


I’d also argue that history is our greatest source of inspiration


On a macro scale we can look back to Roger Bannister, who set new standards for human performance. In 1954, Bannister broke the 4 minute mile–a feat considered impossible.  Only weeks later, his record was broken! Since then, hundreds if not thousands were able to accomplish that feat as well.


What does this tell us?


It tells us that what we believe to be impossible is only a belief. To transcend beyond the realm of possibility, whether as a species, a country or an individual, we must first have the belief that something is possible. The mile didn’t just get easier and people didn’t suddenly get faster. Bannister’s accomplishment gave others permission to believe it was achievable.


What do you think you “can’t” do?   “Can’t” is in parentheses because it only exists in your head.


On a micro scale, think back to when you first learned to drive. Most of us were nervous and scared the first time we operated a vehicle. You took a course, practiced, then passed a test and now you don’t think twice about the craziness of driving a multi-ton hunk of metal & fiberglass at an absurd speed with hundreds if not thousands of people you don’t know doing the exact same thing on the road with you.


What does this tell us?


Everything is a Big Deal, Until It Isn’t


Something that used to be a big deal becomes something we take for granted. Everything is a big deal…until it isn’t. We embrace risk in certain situations because we have become so comfortable & have been doing it for so long we don’t even think about it. Yet other things that have far more risk than driving a car scare us to death.


Fear is a normal human response and it’s okay to be fearful. But it becomes a disease if you do not question why you have the fear and look at it objectively. We must break our fears down by asking questions and looking at actual facts. Not what your friend told you, not what the news said but actual facts. 


Sometimes you cannot know something for sure and that’s okay; it’s best to tell yourself that your fear might be an overreaction and that your opinion is your opinion based on your values and experiences, not fact. By doing so, you may come around to feel that the fear is not as bad as you once thought it was.


Far too often we go through life mistaking a rope for a snake; allowing our minds to make things bigger and more scary than they actually are.


As you look ahead to this week–whenever you feel overwhelmed–look back to our long and resilient human history. We have always overcome and this will be no different.


When you experience self doubt, look back to other periods in your personal history where you have overcome doubt in your abilities. For example, trying out for a team in middle school, going off to college, getting your first job, becoming a parent. The context does not matter as the outcome has generally been the same. No matter how scared you were, it wasn’t as bad as you thought it was going to be–and you survived.


Joe Carabase is an Entrepreneur, Coach and Author. Check out his latest book here. You can follow @joecarabase on Instagram and Facebook for more inspiring content! 





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