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

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19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Another great Dyer work!

I received this book for Fathers' Day from my family. I knew I was getting it because it was the only thing I wanted. Reading Dr. Dyer's works over the last year have helped significantly in improving my life. When his new book was announced, I did not hesitate to as...
I received this book for Fathers' Day from my family. I knew I was getting it because it was the only thing I wanted. Reading Dr. Dyer's works over the last year have helped significantly in improving my life. When his new book was announced, I did not hesitate to ask for it.

A couple of weeks after receiving this gift, I was laid off. I have a wife and three beautiful children who depend solely on my income, and having read this book, I did not come up with any excuses. I focused on my job search and keeping myself spiritually centered using this and "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life." I am happy to say that I got a job offer within 5 weeks for a better job with better benefits for my family. It was for the first job posting I saw within two hours after being laid off and applied for.

Did I get the job because of this book? No. But I do believe I did get it because of the my thoughts which were influenced by "Excuses Begone!" and other Dr. Dyer books.

posted by ben_b on August 9, 2009

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27 out of 39 people found this review helpful.

Mystical, Weird, Ramblings Without Direction or A Plan

While I genuinely enjoyed the overall theme of the author's book the theme is muddied by the author's embrace of mysticism and rejection of traditional values in favor of moral relativism including his sub-theme that doing whatever feels best to you is the highest good ...
While I genuinely enjoyed the overall theme of the author's book the theme is muddied by the author's embrace of mysticism and rejection of traditional values in favor of moral relativism including his sub-theme that doing whatever feels best to you is the highest good and is of God.
Listeners or readers are told to do what feels best to them and embrace Eastern religious philosophies and the Dao. Be prepared to have to listen to the "God is whatever feels good" philosophy over and over and how yoga is the ultimate medium by which one can connect to the Dao or God. These ideas seem to be gaining a lot of popularity with the "feel good" and "me" generations. I found them to be a bit of a put off after about the 18th time.
People may enjoy hearing that they can do no wrong as long as they are doing what feels good and right to them. The author serves this purpose by failing to make the distinction between self-pleasure and good. Whether the omission was intentional or not, the book could certainly be used to help people feel justified in doing things that are wrong. In fact, it was not clear to this reader whether the author acknowledges the existence of a right and wrong - it seemed more like right and wrong were left up to the individual to create in his or her mind. The author certainly did not have to get into the age old questions about morality and right or wrong, but he chose to do so - though perhaps unnecessarily-and thus he is charged with an obligation to his readers to support the positions he takes. Instead, readers are supposed to just accept his positions on these as truth as no such support is offered.
Though the author tries to cast his philosophies in a selfless light by espousing the many charitable things he has done, the reality may be that his "do-whatever-feels-good-to-you-philosophy" can be very selfish. This distinction between doing good and feeling good about it versus doing whatever is pleasurable but not necessarily good was never addressed by the author -however, it seems to be a critical omission. The author also does not address that so-called "excuses" may be legitimate concerns about real-world risks associated with a desired course of action. Unfortunately, the author provides very little support or evidence for his theories about God or that doing whatever makes one feel good is the best thing for that person or for society.
Additionally, I was looking for some sort of a structured plan to follow the would have enabled me to better my own life and rid myself of any excuses that may be getting in the way of realizing my full potential. With each new CD I was hoping to receive such a plan. Alas, I reached the final CD and no plan was ever presented. I came away with the feeling that the program was certainly lacking. Perhaps I need to by the $400 KPBS special to get the plan?
Instead of a plan of action, I was treated to essentially the same ideas being repeated over and over again with each passing disc. Mixed in were plugs for his daughter's business and other business ventures of his own. Again, I do like the general theme and the notion espoused by the author that excuses that we create for ourselves often stand in our way of reaching our full potential. However, the author provides no real plan for implementing his ideas other than to recognize excuses, ignore them, and embark on a lifelong pleasure-seeking journey into the esoteric.

posted by Imjustsayin on August 3, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    It is great, I just have to use it.

    Great

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2009

    Excuses Begone

    An interesting and challenging read, though I believe the author is guilty of oversimplification. He tends to pretty much dismiss the psychotherapeutic model of treatment, and I think this is a mistake.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 28, 2009

    GREAT TOOL TO USE IF WORKING WITH YOUTH

    Simple message, able to apply to all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    Work the paradigm

    Very interesting. To make the excuses begone work most people will need to re-set thier old way of thinking. I did not think I had so many excuses until I read this book. I have been working it and trying to correct myself everytime I use one. As always Dr. Dyer has written another wonderful gift.

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  • Posted December 11, 2009

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    Thank you AGAIN!

    I'm Thankful Dr. Dyer.
    It was great to see you speak on this subject as well.
    I experienced the Paradigm shift. Now how do I keep maintaining the shifting?
    Thank you.
    Sue Lunquist, Author, Radio host, MOMprenuer
    www.imthankful.com

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    Great ideas

    These are troubling times - I found this book to be uplifting and inspiring. Most of us forget that there are always two sides to everything. Why would anyone want to dwell on the negative side? I agree that you are what you think. I grew up hearing that God will never give you more trials than you can handle. Then a friend told me not to pray for patience - if I have patience, then I can withstand more trials.

    I'm putting to use some of the ideas in Excuses Be Gone and I already feel as if my life is starting to change - even if it's only in how I react to things that happen, that's a start in the right direction.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Extremely inspiring!

    Everytime I listened to passages in the book, I was able to come away with more in depth meaning of the teachings. I especially appreciated the references made to other books and teaching philosophies.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    A Book for Everyone

    This work tells us something that we all know; but, tend to forget over our lifetime. Dr Dyer is able to show us in a systematic way how to overcome our fears and ingrained ideas so that we can succeed in our endeavors. Any excuses that you may have used in the past are presented here with the solution to overcome them. I recommend this book to all who want to be successful in business and in life.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Thoughts

    Some very validating info in the book. On occasion, it gets a bit hard to read and sections need to be reread. This is the first book by Wayne Dyer that I've read and I will try some more of his works. Even if you think you don't use excuses, you will find out that you do. It's a great book to do some soul searching with.

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