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

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  6,312 Ratings  ·  266 Reviews
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. If I c ...more
ebook, 346 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Hay House (first published 2009)
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Jun 27, 2009 Natali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
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
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
Lewis Manalo
Dec 18, 2009 Lewis Manalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 24, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I never know how to rate this kind of book. I've never read this author before. I've seen him on PBS during fund raising time. I think he was quite personable on television, and I can say the same about the audio of this book I just listened to, but I don't think I could actually sit down and read something like this unless I was thought I needed it and if I was willing to change.

This book gently rolled along, just like his PBS specials. I actually liked that and thought it fit his message well.
Jenny (Jenny's Book Bag) Baker
Sometimes we read a book and something in it just clicks with us. This is that book for me. I've known about this book since it was first published, but I wasn't ready to read it until now. I wish I had been ready to read it back then. I could have shortened the lifespan of my mistakes. This is a wonderful book to open up your mind, change your old thinking habits and create a new way of thinking that will truly benefit your life in every way.

I love Dr. Wayne Dyer. He gets me to question my old
Jul 18, 2009 Natali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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'
Jenny Yates
Mar 22, 2014 Jenny Yates rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Pep rally is what comes to my mind, the more I read of this book. He is rambling where he needed to get to the point, and he is vague where he needed to clearer and illustrate his point. Not too bad. If this book gets you to stop living in excuses, then it has done what it is meant to do as this book could hardly be judged by its content. How can you objective assess a pep rally?!
Chris L.
Nov 11, 2009 Chris L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Wayne Dyer has always been one of my favourite go to authors when I need something that makes sense. Again, with this book, he did the job right.

I was reading along enjoying each page, about half way through, when a friend called to tell me that he had died today. His family's announcement on Facebook said this:

"Wayne has left his body, passing away through the night. He always said he couldn't wait for this next adventure to begin and had no fear of dying. Our hearts are broken, but we smile t
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
Feb 15, 2011 Jim added it
Shelves: non-fiction, gave-up
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...
Apr 25, 2017 Stephan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: toilet-read
Great messages. However, too repetitive and at some points overexerting. I got the gist of it during the first three chapters, thereupon tagged alone with a feeling that i have been brainwashed more than i needed to. I enjoyed the references on memerics and DNA alterations regarding one's strong faith and belief. All in all it is a mind opener book with some good instructions. I would definitely recommend it
to people who suffer from social oppression and social pressure, and/or to people who com
Mar 25, 2011 Marcia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lynn Bonelli
I don't know what happened but somewhere around the 2/3 mark I completely lost Wayne's train of thought. Perhaps it was the redundancy...or maybe it was the fact that I couldn't get past the idea that it appears the main questions he uses are the same as Byron Katie's "The Work". I scanned through some of the reviews and was surprised only one person seemed to mention this point (it was actually quite shocking when I read "the questions" and saw no mention of Byron's book). Although I enjoyed th ...more
Nov 18, 2009 ReadHowYouWant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 03, 2009 LuAnn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Nov 30, 2012 Devan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dee Halzack
Jun 13, 2017 Dee Halzack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this when I was decluttering and getting rid of all the books I'd never gotten to. Thought I was going to just toss everything but something told me I should read this one. I wish I'd read this when I first bought it years ago! I guess I just wasn't ready for the message.

Meshes neatly with what I learned in Avatar, giving me a better understanding of Source and Alignment. I'd been trying to understand Alignment better.

Easy to read. Deceptively easy, because it's really quite profound. M
Jun 04, 2017 Hyruga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A metaphysical book with some solid wisdom.

The book a bit long winded but I like the part on smiling and the power of now.
May 22, 2017 Mckinley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was hopeful about this one since he starts with talking about studying the Tao but I found that it quickly deteriorated into wishful thinking and thinking your biology and problems away.
Dean Owen
Jan 25, 2017 Dean Owen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome! Just awesome. Ignore this at your peril.
Vimal Kodai
Aug 23, 2014 Vimal Kodai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
James Perkins
Since I bought his first book Your Erroneous Zones (published 1976) from a second-hand bookshop when I was about 20, I've read quite a few books by Dr Dyer over the years. His approach has always had logical, philosophical and reflective aspects that appealed to me. In this book, written in 2009, he continues his tradition of providing good suggestions for changing problematic thought patterns that interfere with the ability to reach personal and professional goals, now with a spiritual edge tha ...more
Henrik Akselsen
Imagine talking to your insightful, christian uncle who means good, but doesn't really have any scientific backing or groundbreaking ideas to make max impact. That's what this book felt like

Dyer is not so concerned with explaining why things are how they are, but we are mostly expected to take his word for it.

There is a LOT of references to God and divinity, which is a big turnoff, since the references often the seem like a fallback when don't have a better explanation ("Ok, let's just go with G
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
Barbora Knobova
May 21, 2010 Barbora Knobova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2017 Justina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very positive way to change your negative thoughts and excuses.
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Wayne Walter Dyer was 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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