Face Your Dragon by Brad Axelrad #015 | Shift From Self-Imprisonment w/ Jason Goldberg
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Guest: Jason Goldberg

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist or accept the responsibility for changing them.”

Guess the category: Bad traffic, road construction, accident, car problems, weather, got pulled over.
Answer: Typical excuses to explain why you’re late.

Telling the truth — like you drank too much the night before and overslept — would be the less glamorous approach and makes you look irresponsible.

Try this one…

That’s the way I was raised,” “It’s just the way I am,” “Well, if it wasn’t for the, I would have (insert remarkable accomplishment here)…”
Answer: Excuses to avoid responsibility.

If there’s something negative about you or your experiences, it’s more convenient to blame circumstances that are seemingly beyond your control. A good story might grant you a temporary hall pass for your actions or lack thereof. But the true purpose in smoke and mirrors is the diversion from accountability. And not having to tackle a reality, possibly deeply rooted in pain.

How do you cope with the dis-ease and stress of your quieting past wounds? Do you crutch on gluttonous eating habits and alcohol? Does it manifest in anger and rage toward others or yourself? Whether you cash your own reality check or life cashes it for you, one thing is certain — you’ll always be stuck with the truth.

It’s challenging to bring inadequacies, shortcomings, and past dragons to light. But in order to move past them, you need to move through them first.

The Face Your Dragon podcast opens up the concept that what you are most afraid of and most resisting are the very things that will set you free.

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The past doesn’t condemn you to live your life any certain way. Many have scaled unfathomable struggles by making the conscious decision to illuminate their shadows. The reality is that your destiny is ultimately decided by your reactions and the choices you make. Most make them on autopilot. But by becoming aware of the gap between event and reaction, you’re able to make more sound and conscious choices instead of irrational ones out of emotion.

This episode’s guest, Jason Goldberg, is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and TEDx Speaker. He lived a good portion of his life as a prisoner to his own judgments, fears, and past wounds. Jason coped by eating his pain away, at one point tipping the scales at 332 lbs. But one pivotal reality check backed him into a corner. Instead of hiding from his dragons, Jason made the choice to bring them to light.

In this episode, Jason shares his story about shifting from prisoner to self-leader and undeniably proves why he’s so valuable to the world.

“First, you might have something buried in you so deeply and have no idea it is running you.
Second, you might not have much control over it, especially if you ignore it, but there sure is something you can do about it!”

About Jason: Jason Goldberg, is an award-winning entrepreneur, a TEDx Speaker, creator of the Playful Prosperity Program and author of the #1 International Best-Seller on (SELF) Leadership: Prison Break: Vanquish the Victim, Own Your Obstacles, and Lead Your Life.

Episode Discussions

  • Alarming stats and facts about obesity
  • Drowning in high emotions and emotional eating
  • Brad’s childhood dragons with dyslexia and getting physically hurt and gaining the courage to face them
  • Learning disabilities: Facts and stats
  • Covering up the pain of not feeling valuable in the world
  • Changing the way we relate to someone instead of trying to change them
  • Jason’s struggle with obesity, emotional weight and mental weight
  • Mindful eating
  • Coping with the crutch of food
  • How emotional weight manifests itself in life
  • Connection between emotional weight and anger
  • Jason’s pivotal moment of personal growth
  • The freedom that exists in the gap
  • Jason’s incredible freestyle rap
  • How to know if you’re in a place of service or self-indulgence
  • Conditioning/constraints and expectations society puts on seriousness
  • How to handle heavy thoughts
  • What to do when you recognize you’re doing “that thing” again
  • The only job of a belief
  • Viewing the world from the lens of improv
  • How taking life’s experiences too seriously can create drama in your life
  • Passive aggressive behavior and effectively asking for what we need
  • Communication, requests, and boundaries in a relationship
  • The importance of becoming aware of how you’re asking for what you need
  • Going from expectations to co-creations
  • Co-creating in relationships
  • Find lessons in the dragons that regularly show up
  • Byron Katie teachings on truth and the human experience of judging others
  • Coaching without permission (CWOP) and why it’s the worst thing a coach can do
  • Finding love in your heart to recognize someone’s totality (recognizing layers)
  • Finding compassion and love to recognize other’s battles
  • Why compassion is important to raising the collective consciousness of the universe

Episode Benefits

  • Learn how taking life’s experiences too seriously can create drama in your life
  • Uncover destructive coping mechanisms used to hide past wounds and pain
  • Discover why compassion is important to raising the collective consciousness of the universe

Listen in as this episode illuminates the path to awareness and provides valuable guidance on how to find, face, and ride your dragon.

Here’s the thing.

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Mentioned in this Episode

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