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Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits

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Within the pages of this transformational book, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer reveals how to change the self-defeating thinking patterns that have prevented you from living at the highest levels of success, happiness, and health. Even though you may know what to think, actually changing those thinking habits that have been with you since childhood might be somewhat challenging
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by Hay House (first published 2009)
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I could not stop listening to this audio book and now that I am done, I just want to start all over again.

This was my second Wayne Dyer book. I found it when I was feeling like I was in a good place in my life. I wanted reinforcement that bad times were not right around the corner for me just because I was feeling good. I found that and a lot more.

The message I needed most was this: You have the choice to think thoughts that are debilitating and you have the choice to think with unending possi
Susan Lynn
This book is wonderful if you feel "stuck" in your personal or professional life or if you know you are "your own worst enemy".

The author outlines, with wonderful examples and analogies, excuses or negative self-talk many employ when attempting to change aspects of your life or character;such as "I'm too old" or "It will be expensive" or "I'm not smart enough". There is no judgement or chastisement for using these excuses. Dyer explains, in simple and eloquent language, the psychology or reason
I wasn't sure if I needed to read this after I listened to the audio version but I'm glad I did. The two are supplementary.

This book is a brilliant way to organize and conceptualize the basic tenets of personal spirituality. Although I don't necessarily recommend it for everyone in the same way I have recommended the audio version. The writing is dense and the book requires introspection that certain people in my life don't get on board with, namely my mom. She liked the audio version but didn'
Lewis Manalo
I've seen Dyer on PBS for years, but I've never read any of his books till excuses I kept hearing coincided with this show being on TV. Dyer applies New Thought terms and ideas to an interpretation of Taoist philosophy. This volume is meant to shake the reader out of inertia by using this philosophy to examine his or her thought processes.

I enjoyed reading the book, and I believe in what he writes; however, like most Taoist and New Thought writing, the evidence presented here is anecdotal and pe
Patricia Bogoevici
I heard a lot of good reviews about this book and since I haven't read anything by Dyer before, I was curios about it.
The book is a good summary of excuses but it doesn't do a good job explaining them, relying too much on explanations based on ego and god (or source of energy as Dyer says quite a lot in the book). The book has quite a lot of quotes from diverse authors, some are quite nice. One of the quotes which I think summarizes the book was: "you don't solve your problems, you simply outgr
Chris L.
“Excuses Begone!” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was a phenomenal book. The main focus of the book is to motivate you and help you break habitual habits of excuse-making all in order to, ultimately, banish excuses from your life.
Dr. Dyer is a very easy-to-follow writer. He uses common words that you can relate to while reading. While reading, I liked the real life situations Dyer incorporated in his work; it made me feel as if I was living in the situations at the moment of reading.
“Excuses Begone!” is m
Loy Machedo
Loy Machedo’s Book Review – Excuses Begone! By Dr. Wayne Dyer

Dr. Wayne Dyer earned my fascination and respect with his Your Erogenous Zones when I was only 16 years old. Ever since I have made it an effort to ensure I am updated with whatever he has to offer. But somewhere along those 16 years, Dr. Wayne Dyer transformed himself from a person with a Scientific Reasoning to borderline Spiritual Nonsense, Mythical Garbage & Quantum Physical Crap.

In as much as I would love to thrash this book,
just not in the mood for Dyer's 'you can do it all with your brain' advice. i keep thinking it's very easy for him to kick back on his Hawaii estate and espouse, yet again, a different twist on attraction theory. If everyone could do it, we'd all live in hawaii...

maybe i'll come back to it someday...
His advice is good and he gives detailed lessons on how to actually implement the advice he's giving. At times he's outrageously positive in a way that seems a bit off and I'm not certain that he's aware of just how difficult it actually is for people to change the way they think about themselves and how they fit into their community and the world. In fact, sometimes he comes off as rather black and white in his thinking which can lead to a kind of cruelty towards those who maybe aren't as stron ...more
Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer topped The New York Times Bestseller list shortly after its release in May. The book uses easy-to-follow and understand lists to help readers modify their habituated thinking patterns. By analyzing the excuses we all use, including the universal, “I Can’t Afford It,” Dr. Dyer helps us unearth and remove patterns that hold us back. Excuses Begone! was recently featured on Oprah Radio, the Ellen show, and ...more
Dr. Dyer spends more time on Eastern philosophy, whereas Dr. Phil talks about psychology, but the two messages are basically the same---we can change our life and our behaviors when we consider seven basic questions:
1. Is it true?
2. Where the the excuses come from?
3. What's the pay-off?
4. What would my life look like if I didn't use these excuses?
5. Can I create a rational reason to change?
6. Can I access universal cooperation in shedding old habits?
7. How to I continuously reinforce this new wa
Jenny Yates
This book is full of really good ideas, taken from everything from the Tao Te Ching to the Ramayana. (Some of it is also taken from Katie Byron, without any acknowledgement.) Philosophically, it’s full of gems. The only trouble is that it’s couched in the most annoying language possible. It’s like he’s trying to sell you a car, and he just won’t let up.

I don’t really think this book is designed to be read. It would work better on a series of placards.
From the beginning this audio book was helpful. Learned about self therapy and how to stop telling myself things are so hard. This book inspired me to do a 5K over the weekend which was an outstanding experience. I listed to this book 4 times now and it is a game changer. I feel more peace and enjoy life more. I feel closer to God and do not seem so worried about competition anymore, more concerned with just being and living in the now.
Almost worthy of 5 stars, but there was elements that were very heavily focused on God. I am not religious so took most of the messages as being true to yourself. Wayne also repeated that we should give ourselves up to the higher being and give to others selflessly as it will bring happiness. However, this statement is contradictory as you are then giving to others so that you can receive happiness in return. Maybe I still don't fully understand all of the lessons and would need to accept a God ...more
Vimal Kodai
Wayne W. Dyer’s Excuses Begone!: How to change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits is a book which can be summarized by the following quote from Jean-Paul Sartre’s one-act play: “A man is what he wills himself to be.” In this plot, Dr. Dyer has hereby created a layout of a structure which indicates that the brain is entitled to be the most powerful as it possesses the intellect of God. The author dictates, “Your perceptions have the power to change your genetic make-up—-your beliefs can and ...more
Barbora Knobova
I've received this book as a gift from my coach Donna Amos. I must say it's an excellent book and I'm truly impressed. This is the first book by Wayne Dyer I've read and after reading Excuses Begone I'm definitely going to explore other books by this author.

I like Mr. Dyer's no-nonsense, straightforward approach combined with spirituality. He defines the main excuses that we use and then offers a step-by-step system that anyone can use to eliminate these excuses from our life. Deep limiting beli
Infinite possibilities-- thinking with awareness -- access well being back in my life on what I tend to think than thoughts of illness. Contemplate like God does -- attract what you are-- law of flotations by the contemplation of the sinking of things. Thinking with awareness like God all things are possible. Thoughts on what you can't do. Can't help it can only give abundance, universal energy that matches up to you desires or what your alignment. Make me an instrument of well being. No thought ...more
I have read quite a bit of material written by this man, and I have yet to come across something that I didn't like. He is so smart about life, but the inspiring thing about that is that he has conquered his own demons to get to this point. He has put into practice in his own life the things that he teaches about.

My favorite line in this book goes something like this: "Never UNDERestimate your power to change yourself, and never OVERestimate your power to change others." How true is that?! How o
Dee Renee  Chesnut
What better time to listen to an audio book titled Excuses Begone! How to change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits than in early January for it just might help me keep my resolutions. When I was worked on the resolution to put the wish list of library materials into my to-read shelf at, I requested it from the library.
One thing I do not like about Dyer's books is his use of quotations from many men of wisdom to prove his point. This does not provide substance to his analysi
I've just reread it for a 5th time. I love this book. I listened to it in audio several months ago. In the past few weeks I have listened to it twice more and then read the print copy that I finally got for the second time in two weeks.

I'm currently rereading this book for the 4th time in the past 12 months. I wish I could have had this book at any time during the past 35 years. I guess I should be grateful to have it now.

I liked it the first time. I liked it more with each reading. This book ad
I have long been a fan of Dr. Dyer's. I mostly listen to his books on tape/cd. His evolution from a Doctor of science to a spiritual guru has been fascinating. I remember listening to Your Erroneous Zones and thinking, "It's ok to say God" as if saying it would negate his points.

I bought this book on CD and listened to it on a vacation in Maine about five years ago. It inspired me to write a book.

There are people who criticize the lack of science or that Dr. Dyer cherry picks his knowledge to
Dyer does a great job of outlining the most common excuses for not living your life fully, but does (in my opinion) less well in overcoming them. For me, however, just identifying them and seeing them for their own futility was helpful.

One thought he shared in the book has helped me enormously -- if you believe in your excuse (that doing the thing you've been putting off will be hard, or scary, or will take a long time, etc.), there is no way to know for absolutely sure that it's true. You're es
I listened to the audio version and loved it. Very inspiring book that helped me realize the ways I can get stuck in life. He outlines 18 common excuses that prevent us from living life to the fullest and gives different applications in the sections of his book. I've been recommending this book to everyone. I gave it four stars because there were a few parts that were too new age spirituality for me but I agree with the basic premise of the book.
This book is basically positive thought/law of attraction stuff except it's not wrapped up in a pretty little package like "The Secret." If you are interested in this kind of stuff, I would suggest you purchase a copy to keep because there are a lot of good mantras or affirmations the reader might like to go back to. I listened to the audiobook, but would probably have liked it better if I had read the book.
A rather easy read, if not a little too esoteric around the edges. However I would argue that is not necessarily a bad thing in this situation as the goal here is to change your 'meme' as Dr. Dyer explains. Changing one's thinking process requires a lot of stretching and bending, wrapping your mind around concepts that are difficult to comprehend and to accept. This is not a quick self help guide but rather a challenge to really look at how your attitude, your energy, your inner 'excuses' can de ...more
Faythe Swanson
I love Wayne Dyer & watching him on the PBS specials. After donated to WXXI, I received this book & thought it'd be great to read as a way to help me meet my goals & get rid of bad habits. Wayne offered some helpful suggestions that really got me thinking of ways & methods to change my way of thinking, so that I wouldn't WANT to do things/eat things that won't do me any good! Since reading this book, I've found that I've resisted temptations & am content! I don't long after t ...more
Here's some irony for you - I stalled about 3/4 of the way through this book - just couldn't get myself over the hump, and let myself get distracted with several other books in the meantime. There was something I just wasn't ready to read, so this sat for at least two months, gnawing at my conscience...

I finally picked it up, determinted to SLOG through till the bitter end, and found that there was nothing "bitter" about it -- blasted through the remaining two chapters (only!) within a half hour
H.L. Balcomb
Dr. Wayne Dyer’s EXCUSES BEGONE revolutionized the way I understand spirituality. “Enthusiasm enables you to stay ‘in-spirit’ or inspired. And just like anything else, the more you access and hold on to enthusiasm, the more it becomes a habit.” Could spirituality really be that simple? Yes, according to Dr. Dyer, being in the spirit of now means being inspired with the life inside as much as outside of us. Excuses remove us from the spirit of now's possibility. I, personally, skipped a lot of th ...more
Desirae Gillis
Wayne W. Dyer has a lot of interesting ideas about the nature of the false beliefs that hold us back in our lives but unfortunately offers up no real practical solutions to them other then just let 'God' or 'The Law of Attraction' handle it.

For practical solutions, I much preferred 'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg

Jennifer Hughes
I liked this book but preferred the special on PBS of the same name. What I liked about the book was that he explained some things in different ways and that I could take my time to make notes. Dr. Dyer's premise is that we are not living up to our potential self-actualization. His philosophy basically boils down to "the power of positive thinking" and creating affirmations that counteract the excuses we make for ourselves that keep us down. A book that had a deeper impact on me with a similar p ...more
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Wayne Walter Dyer is a popular American self-help advocate, author and lecturer. His 1976 book Your Erroneous Zones has sold over 30 million copies and is one of the best-selling books of all time. It is said to have "[brought] humanistic ideas to the masses".

He received his D.Ed. degree in counseling from Wayne State University. He was a guidance counselor in Detroit at the high school level and
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