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Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits Hardcover – May 26, 2009

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About the Author

Affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was an internationally renowned author, speaker, and pioneer in the field of self-development. Over the four decades of his career, he wrote more than 40 books (21 of which became New York Times bestsellers), created numerous audio programs and videos, and appeared on thousands of television and radio shows. His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, Excuses Begone!, Wishes Fulfilled, and I Can See Clearly Now were all featured as National Public Television specials.

Wayne held a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University, had been an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York, and honored a lifetime commitment to learning and finding the Higher Self. In 2015, he left his body, returning to Infinite Source to embark on his next adventure.

Website: www.DrWayneDyer.com


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House (May 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401921736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401921736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wayne W. Dyer, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's the author of 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There's a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, and Inspiration and now Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life have all been featured as National Public Television specials.

Dyer holds a doctorate in educational counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John's University in New York.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the "father of motivation" by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.

When he's not traveling the globe delivering his uplifting message, Wayne is writing from his home in Maui.

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Format: Hardcover
I have read most of Wayne's books, and this was one of the better ones. I used a highlighter on many areas of the book: I love Wayne's style of intertwining great philosophical quotes, anecdotes and personal stories to illustrate his points.

The book starts out citing compelling science and studies, including Bruce Lipton's research proving that genes are far from destiny, and that our beliefs influence even our genes. This is truly the foundation for a "no excuses" paradigm. Wayne delves into the concept of memes, or mind viruses and explains how these are passed on to people like cold viruses.

Next, 18 typical excuses are presented (many of these solicited from his readers). It will be difficult, risky, take too long, create family drama; I don't deserve it; it's against my nature; I can't afford it (surely a popular one today!); no one will help me; it's not happened before; I'm not strong/smart enough; I'm too old/too young; the rules/laws won't let me; it's too big; I don't have the energy/time; it's in my family history; I'm afraid. I was disappointed that my favorite excuse "I'll do it later" wasn't listed, although it was addressed indirectly in various parts of the book, especially in the "commitment to overcoming the inertia" part.

The second section seven contains principles for overcoming excuses: awareness, alignment, now, contemplation (with a very powerful quote from Aristotle--"Contemplation is the highest form of activity"), willingness, passion and compassion.

The third section promotes a new way of viewing excuses, creating a paradigm shift. This includes asking yourself six questions, starting out with "Is it true?" Where did the excuse come from? What is the payoff?
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Format: Hardcover
As an old-school management kind of guy, where excuses are not allowed, I didn't find anything overly earth shattering in this handy little guide to making yourself accountable...to yourself. However, it's still a good resource and certainly worth reading. I really enjoyed it, especially since it alligns with my way of thinking. Self-affirmation is good.

The author, Dr Wayne Dyer, put together his material in a very well-organized manner and was kind enough to remind everyone that their lame excuses won't cut it. I must confess, I have used a few of them myself, primarily to justify my laziness about not wanting to work out. However, I'm still not going to work out. I'm just not going to make excuses anymore. There. I feel better already.

By forcing yourself to increase your awareness level concerning any difficult issue you may be faced with, you'll more than likely come away accomplishing a lot of things you didn't think you could do, or didn't want to do. Again, this is basic stuff, but it's still valuable, especially for those less than enthusiastic chronic complainers who always feel the world is against them. You know the type. Everything is "a problem"...You just want to slap them. Well, now you can hand them this book, and hope they can fit it into their busy schedule.

In the final analysis, you've got to be your own boss. Give yourself frequent "reviews", and be honest with your own performance. If you're not cutting the mustard, go back and read this book again.

It's worth it, especially if you usually begin every day wondering what's going to go wrong and who's going to plot against you now. Yeah it's definitely worth it.
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Format: DVD
I could not disagree more with the post that slammed Wayne Dyer or the concepts in this DVD or other materials of the title. The intention of this is clearly to remind people that we have control of our own lives and destiny - if we will only remember that and take it. Yet society and the habits and behaviors we inherit or learn teach us to believe otherwise. Others are sometimes the source or our pain, or they may choose to inflict it upon us (intentionally or unitentionally) but it is what we do with that and how we react to it that determines if we will stay stuck there in the problem, or if we will rid ourselves of it and move on to become everything we are capable of becoming. It seems to me that it is much better for us to decide how we will deal with and fix the issues instead of staying in a place of just blaming others or outside circumstances. I would say that anyone who truly wants to get past thoughts and excuses that limit them would appreciate this DVD and gain from it.
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I think I may have read too many Wayne Dyer books. They're all starting to run together and sound the same.

Great start for a beginner who hasn't been "Over-Dyered"

It's also becoming tiresome that authors from Hay House recommend each others books (a lot) inside their own book.
Infomercials inside a book.
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Format: Audio CD
Perhaps these tapes just came at the right time, but they resonated. I have heard some of the messages before, but many of the affirmations bear repeating and the new ones were welcome. Just when I would get bored, Dyer would hit me between the eyes with a message that somehow had a personal coda. And I do not agree with one of the other reviewers about the eastern/western anything goes message. I just heard personal acceptance and love of oneself. There are people out there who have low self-esteem and others who are so harsh. I think Dyer might have just have been encouraging acceptance.
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