I have been a Russell Brand fan since the first time I saw him on MTV. And, since this is a no judgement zone, Get Him To The Greek in which he stars, is one of my favorite movies (even Sean Combs going on about how many 'cuckaroos' he owns - hilarious and brilliant satire). I loved watching him, super endearing, funny, smart and at the time a giant mess.
Now I love him even more - in his present state - as a blunt, no BS tour guide for people on the road to becoming their best selves. Yes, you read that right, that is what he's doing.
Take a listen to Tony Robbins interview Russell Brand about his book, Recovery, basically a modern 12 step guide to shedding behaviors that don't serve you. Behaviors like nurturing bad relationships and subtle self sabotage to obsessions, narcissism, eating, drug and alcohol use (the list goes on) are all at their core, self-soothing behaviors that deal with fear. You don't need to be an addict of the common definition to do Russell's 12 steps. Recovery's point is to help you grow into the person you were meant to be, a person who feels connected, feels happy and feels love. With that outcome, who wouldn't want to "recover"?
But back to the podcast. One comment stood out (it's at about the 1 hour 10 minute mark),
"By justifying our problems we recommit to them." Take a minute to think about this, it's a behavior that keeps us from change.
First, we justify problems to avoid owning them. Then, if we avoid owning them, we give up our power to fix them. Why would we do we do that? Familiarity of the known even if its painful? Cutting to the chase, Russell is correct, we literally recommit to the problem every time we justify it.
I don't like this idea because when I take a second to reflect, I realize that I do it all the time (see, already owning it). Now what? I'm not sure how it works, but I'm looking forward to having Recovery map it out for me.