What does it take to succeed? What does it mean to truly believe in ability? These are the questions Professor Tim Noakes discusses in this motivating TEDx video about the mindset behind high achieving athletes and the role their coaches play in helping them reach success.
He uses the example of Roger Bannister and John Landy, the first two men to break the four minute mile. In this example, Professor Noakes outlines the fact that John Landy had recorded a time of 4:02min on seven occasions in the two years prior to the new record being set, yet Landy had stated that the four minute mile was simply ‘beyond his capabilities’.
Professor Noakes also reveals that Bannister, an arguably inferior athlete to Landy, had been given the vital affirmation and belief he needed from his coach moments before he broke the four minute mile for the first time.
The final revelation comes when Professor Noakes discusses how it was only a matter of six weeks until Landy broke four minutes for the first time, a feat only made possible through the belief that Bannister’s run had now given him.
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