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Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits Hardcover – Unabridged, 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (471 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Schenck TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 26, 2009
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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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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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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First of all, I have all the respect and admiration for Wayne Dyer. I love his work and his style and the man has been an inspiration and a role-model for me. Having listened to almost all of his audio materials, which I can heartly recommend, I decided to finally buy a book of his.

I have to say that I am disappointed with "Excuses Begone!". In itself, it is not a bad book at all. To give some credit, this book has Wayne's honesty and principles in it and if one was to apply the hundreds of advices in there I am sure there will be a positive effect. But overall this book does not stand to the high expectations I had from Wayne.

What repelled me, was the cheap repetition of "Excuses Begone" which looks like he tries to create a mantra or something. Also it seemed that Wayne has adopted some of the "mainstream" terminology of the self-help movement, something I didn't expect from him. For example the terms "subconscious", "programming" and so on, which is not bad and I certainly understand why he did it, although I didn't like the style of the text. It seemed uninspiried and usual, although the ideas a very good but nothing original.

All this doesn't matter a lot to me, because this is a book about changing habbits. Well, the approach Wayne took with self-inquiry and self-investigation certainly was something I like. What I didn't like is the execution. At the last part of the book where he is supposed to get practical (and ideas a practical, no doubt about that) he continues to repeat those old concept in the same way as before - with no original commentary or some new point of view.

I am sorry but this book seemed very usual to me. Maybe it would be great as introduction to people who haven't read much in this field before, but for the more read it has nothing new to offer.
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