Jeff Agostinelli: Slaying The Dragon of Resistance

Jeff Agostinelli

“Most people have a very predictable way of how they respond to what we would call resistance but setting up different conditions allows you to literally scramble the circuits and then start to make new choices of how you react to difficult situations.” – Jeff Agostinelli

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Wellness + Wisdom Episode 327

Life and Business Strategist plus host of The Next Level Podcast, Jeff Agostinelli, returns to Wellness + Wisdom to share how we can apply the principles of psychology to overcome resistance, why he took a year off from his podcast and how that has impacted his current trajectory, and why resistance is described as a mythical force.

Learn about the biological reward of faith, the sole mission of resistance to keep things as they are, and the different roots of resilience with the core base of establishing safety. 



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Listen To Episode 327 As Jeff Agostinelli Uncovers:

[1:30] Resilience And Resistant Go Hand In Hand

[12:40] Getting Curious About Why You're Resisting

  • The impact of living this a half digital, half-human world has on us. (12:40)
  • Differences between connecting with people through your online platform and then offline.
  • Why more and more coaches are getting stuck in their career path because they're not networking and connecting with people in real life.
  • The importance of getting curious about why you're resistant to go and do something.
  • Deciding whether going after your dream as an entrepreneur is about the quantity or quality.
  • The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • How we're conditioned to react in a predictable, emotional manner to resistance.
  • Steps to notice your own stop signs and train yourself to react to resistance, anxiety, or overwhelm in a different way.

[23:00] Getting To The Root Of Your Resilience: Safety

  • Why making the process so simple when letting go of resistance is the best approach.
  • His experience running ultra-marathons including up to 50k runs and his approach to doing it.
  • Honoring your emotions and why you don't feel like doing something.
  • Getting down to the root of your resistance and what is holding you back from doing something.
  • The power of actually acting on something before actually getting clear on the idea.
  • Marie Forleo
  • Why the only way to gain clarity is through action, not thought.
  • How he defines, “resilience,” and how it helps us slay the dragon of resistance.
  • Buddha's Brain by Rick Hanson
  • Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson
  • Unpacking the different facets and qualities of resilience with the base core of establishing safety.

[30:00] The Persistent's High

  • Why the term, ‘mindset‘ has become such a benign word that is just thrown around by the mass population with no real thoughtful consideration.
  • The Joy of Movement by Kelly McGonigal
  • Why we're biologically wired to have a persistent's high, like a runner's high, to help us keep going. (32:00)
  • Fully understanding the biological reward of faith and how our environment impacts that.
  • Jessie May Wolfe
  • These little winks from the universe that let us know we are supported in our life journey. (37:30)
  • How we can become addicted to the thought processes of joy and of pain for even months at a time.
  • The poor habit we've gotten into of not doing anything about the pain we feel because we feel like there isn't anything that we can do about it.
  • Power of getting sober with the facts and what is true right now.

[42:00] Finding The Right Path If You Also Want To Help People

  • The practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in which we first take an inventory and then follow up with a guided practice.
  • His career transitions, how he came to be a macrobiotic chef for people with cancer and how that allowed him to see how people went on their healing journeys.
  • The power committing yourself to a lifetime of learning if you want to help people.
  • His top career tips: Build confidence in working with people, find a mentor, and make sure you are qualified to do the work.
  • Power of getting curious to help yourself test what you like, don't like and grow as a person.
  • The study of systematic desensitization and slowly working ourselves up to a new level. (51:30)
  • Why the easiest way to let go of feeling like you're backed up in a corner is to just allow what you're thinking and feeling be out in the open. (55:00)
  • Everybody needs people; we can never be a ‘lone wolf' because connection is what feeds us.

Power Quotes From The Show

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Establishing New Responses to Difficult Situations

“We're conditioned to respond in a particular way; like we all have a very conditioned mode of responding emotionally to situations. We either shut down, we fight, we get angry, we get defeated, we feel sad, we get excited. Most people have a very predictable way of how they respond to what we would call resistance. If you can really understand what those stop signs look like, you can start to just run plays and run experiments on how to rewire but also understand how to set up conditions so that when those stop signs show up, you condition yourself or train yourself to do something different.” – Jeff Agostinelli



Building Up Resiliency

“Resilience and resistance go hand in hand. A lot of times when we go through transitions and navigate change, resistance comes on strong. It's really our job to look those thoughts and feelings of resistance in the face and go past them, start to be resilient, and build up the ability to pursue during tough conditions instead of succumbing to gravity and pressure of the past.” – Jeff Agostinelli

Sometimes Love Swings A Sledgehammer

“A lot of people need not a drill sergeant but somebody that is going to call them out on their shit and give them direction. Many times that direction is going to be gentle and other times you have to be willing to take out the sledgehammer and shatter those beliefs in a super loving way. Sometimes love looks like being tough on other people so that they realize that if they keep doing something, other people are going to suffer forever.” – Jeff Agostinelli


Our 2 Greatest FEARS – The Psychology of Conformity – Abraham Maslow

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About Jeff Agostinelli

Jeff AgostinellIWith a background in studying pre-med biology and working as a private chef, Jeff Agostinelli wanted to take his knowledge about food, healing, natural health, and a healthy lifestyle to help others. Eventually, Jeff's journey led him to become a personal Life and Business Coach.

Jeff is also the host of The Next Level Podcast where the goal is to inspire, educate, and deliver simple techniques by extracting key lessons from those who have already been there.


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