Resilience Drop Newsletter – March 2023

This edition of the Resilience Drop explores how emotions and beliefs can cloud decisions and slow progress. Oh and a skill to work through that!

It’s been a busy start to the year for the team at Resilience Development Co. We’ve been updating our online courses and coaching record-breaking athletes and aspiring explorers. We can’t believe we are at the end of March already. So, this edition of Resilience Drop is all about beliefs and their role in our lives. Here goes:

When Dorothy was a little girl, she was fascinated by her goldfish. Her father explained that fish swim by quickly wagging their tails to propel themselves through the water. Without hesitation, little Dorothy responded, “Yes, Daddy, and fish swim backwards by wagging their heads.”

In her mind, it was a fact and she believed it.

Our lives are full of fish swimming backwards. We make assumptions and faulty leaps of logic and confuse beliefs and barriers. In our minds, fish swim in reverse and we don’t even notice them.

Now if that didn't work for you, try this.

We all know that emotions and beliefs can cloud decisions, slow progress and sometimes even stop you from getting started. There are always barriers preventing you from achieving your outcomes and it’s natural to react by categorising every barrier as something factual that is difficult to change.

The skill is to stop and question whether the barrier is a fact or a belief.

It’s worth remembering that very often, facts are beliefs and knowing what you are dealing with is essential, as factual barriers and beliefs are dealt with in different ways:

Barriers are dealt with by identifying one or two strategies you could implement.

Beliefs are challenged by coming up with an alternative, more positive belief. Flipping things on their head and thinking the opposite can help.

So the next time you hit a barrier, take some time to work out whether it is a barrier or a belief. It can mean the difference between moving closer to your goals or stopping progress in its tracks.

Get in touch if you need help working through your barriers. We can help.

Listen, Watch, Learn

🎧 Listen

​In this podcast from Kwik Brain, Jim Kwik explores how all behaviour is belief based and how we can tap into them to make long-lasting changes.

🎥 Watch

In this introspective, personal TED talk, Issac Lidsky challenges us to let go of excuses, assumptions and fears. It’s where we found the story of Dorothy and her goldfish.


Until May 5th 1954, physiologists believed that it was impossible to run a 4-minute mile. Find out more about Roger Bannister’s bust that established “fact” and his world record here

💭 Finally, a quote to get you thinking:​

"Watch your thoughts. They become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny."

See you next month,

From your friends at Resilience Development Co.

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