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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 January 1st 2009)
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Lynda Lambert I read it through last week. This week I am reading it again. There is so much good information in this book that I will most likely read it again and…moreI read it through last week. This week I am reading it again. There is so much good information in this book that I will most likely read it again and again. It takes a slow read, contemplation, patience, and desire for changing old habits and patterns we have carried around with us since infancy. It takes a willing mind and heart and an openness to the possibility of becoming a new person.(less)

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Jun 27, 2009 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
Loy Machedo
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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,
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
UPDATE: As I read this today, (by that I mean listened to it,) I had no idea I had already listened to it until just now when I pulled it up on GR and saw it wasin my "read" pile. I still think he is personable and that he had a positive message. So still 4 stars.


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
Jenny 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
Apr 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: toilet-read
On merits, this book contains some great messages to mankind. I enjoyed the references on memerics and DNA alterations regarding one's strong faith and belief. However, the reader gets no chance to digest the material as the writing was too repetitive and at some points overexerting. I got the gist of it during the first three chapters, thereupon I tagged alone with a feeling that I have been brainwashed more than I needed to. The seventh principle of compassion, upon which Dr. Dyer elaborates ...more
Susan Lynn
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Patricia Bogoevici
Apr 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jenny Yates
Mar 22, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
Jul 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Lewis Manalo
Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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...
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
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 rated it really liked it
“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
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
Jul 25, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a powerful book. It is jam-packed with so much information, but I rated it 4-stars because I know I will have to read and reread it again to really get it's full value. At times, I found Dr. Dyer's messages repetitive, which became irritating but soon realized what was happening: i.e. I consumed this book as an audio-version, but, for various reasons, let it expire 4 times, renewing it each time, before I was able to finish it. The irony for me was that each time it expired, I used some ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I got more out of first 2/3 of the book than the actual steps portion. A great uplifting and motivational read but felt that overall book could have been shorter.
James Perkins
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Mar 25, 2011 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 ...more
Lynn Bonelli
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
If this is the first book you're reading on positive thinking and believing in the abundance of the universe, then you will appreciate this book. If you have read previous books of a similar subject then there isn't anything new here. There are a LOT of affirmations and Dyer suggests other books that inspired him to write this one. Including Lao Tzu as an inspiration. By the end I was super bored with little inspiration.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Diana Shaffner
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-growth
YES! Excuses begone! The fast talking Wayne Dyer has done it again. He is rubbing it right into your face that what you have conveniently convinced yourself of as being 'reasons' for you not doing what would be best for your future are actually just a bunch of excuses. He aims to inspire us to make the choice right now to get to work on changing the self-defeating thinking habits that cause one to not advance at the level one could. Dyer just wont let you slide by with even one more 'reason' aka ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
There are a few key ideas here that are valuable, but the bulk of this book is repetitious and frustrating. Dyer presents his 'excuses begone' mindset as if it is a magical cure for anything that stops a person achieving their goals, with no real acknowledgement of the work that may be involved in reversing negative thought patterns (which can sometimes be grounded in childhood circumstances or past trauma). The book achieves its purpose in a superficial way, pointing out that negative thought ...more
Tadas Talaikis
Jul 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: b-s
Oh my Caesar, dropped. Well, because I know where is the real. Despite I had some unexplained events in life, that doesn't mean I would share them as an American-style (sic!) "truth" (when any sh*t can be made into a the whole cult/ movie/ book, just any useless I-have-nothing-else-what-to do sh*t).

To be a bit more specific, dropped after nonsense about transplantation. Those f*cking urban myths tend to spread like wildfire if unchecked. They should be erased from sheeps' subconscious minds.
Susan Miller
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am glad I found this book. It was very insightful in how we each make excuses for resisting change. It seems we are our own worst enemy at times and we fill ourselves with self doubt. At least I know that I do - especially when the object that I am working toward means so much to me. I feel like I sabotage myself with ridicule and doubts. With this book, I am going to look on a brighter side, treat myself with a bit more love and understanding and bolding go out and make my own mistakes, pick ...more
Yolanda Wallington
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have actually read and reread this book many times. I love that the idea of the biology of thought, of mind viruses. These life lessons aren't rocket science and I am able to accept them. The premise of this book and most of Dyer's teachings are firmly rooted in the bible although it may not be easily recognized by those that not students of the Word. I love this book and give it five stars because I have needed to get the audio book or pull out the book as a reminder of the energy I want to ...more
Dee Halzack
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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