From the beginning of recorded time until 1954, the world knew that man could not run a mile in under four minutes. Then, in May of 1954, the most interesting and incredible thing happened. A man named Sir Roger Bannister ran the mile in under four minutes. Well, now we can no longer say that man cannot run the mile in under four minutes because a man just did! It would be like continuing to believe the world is flat in spite of evidence to the contrary.

But that is not what I find so amazing. What really blows me away is that the record stood for only forty-six days. Yeah, you read that right, forty-six days.

So what does this mean, and what does it mean to help you to stay in recovery?

Well, it shows that if you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you are right. All the years’ runners knew they couldn’t do it, and so they fulfilled that prophecy. But after Roger did what he did, it became possible, and so runners got it in their heads that running under four minutes was doable, and so they did it. A thought, a belief, is what it took. Isn’t that interesting?

So, hmmm. If we start to program ourselves that we can, we can. If we believe that we can’t, we can’t. The right thinking is so critical in recovery because your right thinking had been hijacked for a long time, but now you are taking charge!

One of the reasons I ask you to repeat on a continuing basis the thought that I control me is because you are programming the right thoughts. Those right thoughts change your perspective from doubt to possibility and then to acceptance.

Repetition is just another word for practice. And you know what they say about practice.

We all know that cravings are going to happen. Bet on it. We all know that you are programmed to respond to stress with using because the voice in your head tells you what to do. Make sure that you develop the newer, correct voice by repeating I control me. By this programming, you are giving yourself back the ability to choose what is best for you and not just having your behavior controlled by the lack of choice.

Thoughts are powerful things. Physical events happen when we have thoughts of fear or happiness or anything in between. Thoughts take hold and influence our behavior, and oftentimes when we are on autopilot, it means we operate thoughtlessly. It is as if you are a machine and someone or something else is in charge of the controls, pulling your strings.

If you agree that a thought is a real thing that creates real physical events, then doesn’t it stand to reason that learning to control your thinking is to your advantage? Of course it does. So begin. Begin right now. Say it. I. Control. Me. Now mean it, and believe it with all your heart and soul. Doesn’t that feel good!

Here is a quote from Sir Roger Bannister that applies. “The man who can drive himself once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” This is your doable four-minute mile. Run with it!