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According to four-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez, you are just six inches away from achieving your dreams.
4 time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez

Just six inches.

It’s not much is it?

It’s the amount of space that is between your ears.

In that narrow space you can find all the potential you need to make your dreams come true.

Quality of Input + Action = Quality of Output

You only need to get the stuff inside that space properly organized. And “there is the rub” (as Hamlet said): Ninety percent of us spend ninety percent of the time inputting negative data.

No wonder the world is so screwed up! (Oops! I just caught myself “entering some negative data”!!)

Seriously, it is vital that we learn how to replace the negative stuff with positive input. One person who I follow and listen to when I need some help with this is the inspirational four-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez. Here’s what he says about mental input:

“In life you don’t get what you want. You get what you are. The best way to improve yourself is to change what goes into your mind. We are a product of what goes into our minds. What you think determines what you do. What you do determines what you accomplish.”

Olympic Athletes like Ruben Gonzalez understand this.

They know that the thoughts you think will ultimately determine how well you perform. Each thought is like a computer ‘bit’, the smallest unit of information possible. Put them all together and those bits become beliefs.

The importance of beliefs cannot be overstated.

Roger Bannister & the 4-Minute-Mile “Barrier”

Roger Bannister's example inspired 4-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez.

Roger Bannister passes John Landy in the 1954 Commonwealth Games, Vancouver. Landy was the second person to break the 4-minute mile. (Wikipedia)

For example, in April 1954, Roger Bannister did what nobody had ever done before. He broke the four-minute-mile barrier!

Bannister built his success on the back of his failure to win a medal at the 1952 Olympics. He spent two months deciding whether to give up running, but then set himself a new goal: to be the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.

On 2 May 1953, Bannister ran a mile in 4 minutes 03.6 seconds. He commented,

“This race made me realise that the four-minute mile was not out of reach,”

Just under a year later, he achieved his goal and broke the four-minute mile.

Then, just 46 days later, on 21st June 1954, Roger Bannister’s rival, John Landy also broke the 4-minute mile with a time of 3 minutes 57.9 seconds.

Two months later, both runners again broke the 4-minute mile as they raced each other at the Commonwealth Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Since then, over 20,000 people have broken the 4-minute-mile “barrier”.

What happened?

Did the laws of the universe change?

No! As 4-times olympian Ruben Gonzalez points out, it was BELIEF that changed.

Suddenly, a number of athletes began to believe that, “If Roger Bannister can do it, so can I.”

Ruben Gonzalez’s Olympian Dream

Watch the video, or keep reading, for the rest of Ruben’s Olympian story:



When Ruben Gonzalez was in college he was inspired by Scott Hamilton’s performance in the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics. That prompted him to make the “incredible” decision to train for the Olympics.

Ruben Gonzalez’s decision was, by most people’s estimation, “incredible” because he was nothing more than a second-eleven soccer player. Already, at the age of 21, he was considered “too old” to start a new sport and achieve Olympian levels of proficiency in it.

But, he did just that. Ruben took up the luge. The luge is a kind of sled. You lie down on your back on a bit of plastic and go feet-first down a toboggan run at about 85 miles per hour.

To do that you either have to be nuts, or have a pretty wild dream!

So how did Ruben raise enough self-belief to achieve his dream?

The first thing he did was not physical training but MENTAL training.

Read Biographies of Great Achievers

Ruben began reading biographies of great achievers. He discovered that great achievers were all motivated by a dream they were passionate about.

And they never gave up pursuing it.

Associate with People Who Think Big

The other thing Ruben did was to seek out people he respected because the company you keep is a vital ingredient to achieving success.

So start associating with people who think big and you will start to think big too. Gaining the support of those whom you respect is a great way to boost your own self-belief.

Winter Olympian Ruben Gonzalez

Then, four years later, Ruben Gonzalez competed in the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. He went on to compete in the 1992 Albertville Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

In 2010 Ruben took part in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. That made him the first person to compete in FOUR Winter Olympics, each in a different decade.

Furthermore, at the age of 47, he was also one of the oldest Olympian competitors.

Ruben says,

“I’m not a big shot. I am just a little shot that keeps on shooting. I’m proof that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things if they will just put the right things into their minds.”

In conclusion, four-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez’s example has done a lot to motivate me to work for my dreams since I first heard his story in 2009. So if you are struggling with issues of self-belief and motivation, here is a terrific video of Ruben’s story that helped me and may help you too:

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