Published On: November 10, 2023871 words4.4 min read


My guest today is Brendon Watt who overcame his alcoholism to become a worldwide speaker, best-selling author and facilitator.

In this Episode

  • Brendon grew up in Australia, within an unstable family and a lot of abuse
  • His father had a formula for what a man should be, emphasizing the importance of being tough and having a trade
  • Brendon tried to conform to these expectations by working in construction but by his late 20’s he was depressed
  • By trying to gain his father’s love and respect he lost himself and knew the life he was leading was not the right life for him
  • By chance, he discovered a technique called Access Consciousness and decided to give it a try
  • Brendon booked a session and spent an hour and a half sobbing as he released his buried emotions
  • He was so inspired by the Access Consciousness process that he trained to be a facilitator and began to make some positive changes in his life
  • However, he was still struggling with alcohol, which he saw as his “back door” – his escape
  • This made me think of Glennon Doyle who talks about using alcohol as the “easy button” to avoid emotional discomfort
  • Like so many of us Brendon spent years trying (and failing) to cut down on his drinking – trapped in an endless cycle of stopping and starting
  •  Brendon eventually hit rock bottom and decided to go to AA
  •  Although he was terrified of losing his back door escape he persevered
  • He attended lots of AA meetings and worked with a sponsor
  • He realised that he was going to have to go through some painful stuff, including stuff from his childhood that was very difficult to face
  • He realised that going through this pain would result in personal growth
  • He did the work and gradually his life began to change
  • We agreed that the journey to sobriety is a process that leads to freedom and a more authentic life
  • We also agreed that getting sober was just 10% of the journey but that it was the essential part – without sobriety we cannot tackle the rest of the work and learn to thrive
  • When we quit drinking we need to take responsibility for our happiness – we can no longer rely on alcohol for those chemical highs
  • Happiness is a learned skill and if you want to learn how to keep your happy brain chemicals firing then listen to last week’s podcast with neuroscientist Staci Danford
  • Sobriety also enables us to consider other parts of our lives – are we eating healthily, does our exercise plan need stepping up… are we in the right job or the right relationship?
  • If you need help looking at your life and deciding what needs changing, check out Glennon Doyle’s book and journal – called Untamed – some great triggers for those big scary questions!
  • When I first realised that I would have to quit drinking I saw sobriety as a punishment but Brendan and I both agreed that in reality sobriety is a gift
  • The journey to sobriety allows individuals to deconstruct their lives and build them anew, something regular drinkers may not experience
  • At Tribe Sober, we recommend a book by Laura McCowen – the title is “We Are the Luckiest” which says it all really
  • Another quit-lit book title that says it all is “The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober” by Catherine Gray
  • Our conversation touched on the importance of honesty, and integrity, and Brendon gave us a great example of catching himself in a lie – realising that when he was drinking the lies would come automatically
  • We discussed the misconception that external sources, such as money or substances, can create happiness.
  • Brendon used to think that when he had a certain amount in his bank account he would be happy – he got there but it didn’t make him happy!
  • Brendan described his work with Access Consciousness, a program that empowers individuals to find the answers within themselves and discover their strengths
  • He highlighted the importance of people acknowledging their unique gifts and the potential for change.
  • You can find out more about Brendon via his website

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