What Happens When You Hit the Pinnacle of Your Potential?

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Recently, during a coaching session, Samantha announced that after 27 years in the financial services industry she had had a record month of gathering assets and had officially broke the Bannister Barrier. Elated but stunned and confused, I congratulated her and then asked the most obvious question, “What is the Bannister Barrier?”

In 1954, Roger Bannister was the first man to run a four-minute mile. Soon after, a number of other runners ran faster than a four minute mile.

Intrigued, I did some research to find that 127 people have done that since Roger Bannister, but what is even more amazing is that in 1964, Jim Ryun became the first high school runner to break the barrier. By 2011, four other high school students have done so as well.

Samantha explained that the Bannister Barrier is a phrase she uses to refer to breaking through mental obstacles that hold one back from reaching their true potential. Once Roger Bannister did the unthinkable, other runners reached beyond their limiting belief systems to reach the same goal (or better).

Samantha had a goal of gathering $25 million from retail clients in a 12-month period—a goal she believed was the pinnacle of her potential. In our coaching session, she proudly announced that this month alone she gathered $12 million in assets from new clients—a personal record asset month. However, what was even more amazing was that she did so by opening just four new accounts, thus, putting her over her year-end goal with three months to spare.

Her limiting belief system had been that she thought she could only gather $2 million a month. As a result, she had been reinforcing her belief system by averaging that number. Also, she had believed that since her average account size was around $500,000, she would need to open four new accounts.

However, after opening up two accounts of $5 million dollars each, and two accounts of $1 million dollars each, she broke her personal Bannister Barrier. Her previous limiting belief system is now a thing of the past as she realizes that the pinnacle of her true potential is really a product of how much she believes in herself.

She went on to tell me that clients of the $5 million dollar accounts she had acquired had originally told her that they had an adviser and that they were all taken care of. Undeterred, she continued keeping them on her mailing list and followed-up from time to time with phone calls and eventually they agreed to meet with her. Both clients felt they were not getting the level of service they had been promised with their current adviser and Samantha was the person they both thought of when they decided to take their business elsewhere.

This brings me to another point about limiting belief systems. While most advisers would have let their limiting belief systems hold them back from continuing to prospect investors who were “all taken care of,” she did not. She knew that if they were to become unsatisfied, she wanted to be the first person they thought of, she didn’t let anyone else’s limiting belief systems become her own.

Can you relate to Samantha’s success story? If so, then you may be asking yourself this important question: What happens when I reach the pinnacle of my potential?

Typically, the answer becomes apparent when you realize that you now have a new reference point for what you are capable of doing.  Now you can focus on pushing beyond your limiting belief system to obtain a whole new level of success.

If you can relate to this story, email me at dan@advisorsolutionsinc.com to share how you broke the Bannister Barrier and what limiting belief systems are now a thing of the past. I would be happy to hear about your success!


Daniel C. Finley
Advisor Solutions Inc.
St. Paul, Minn.

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