Excuses. Poof! Pow! Begone!
It'll be difficult. I can't afford it. I'm too busy. I don't have the energy. Sound familiar?
If you're tired of your excuses, here's some good news: you can do something about it.
Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote a book that, 5 years ago, changed my life, Excuses Begone!. This audiobook exposed my excuses to me in a way that they became more recognizable--no longer able to hide behind what I thought was reality--so if you're ready to strip your excuses of their clever disguises, do this:
- Add this audiobook to your summer listening list
- Listen on your way to work, at your desk, in the barber's or stylist's chair, while sunbathing or working out, or at home while cooking and cleaning
- Identify 2 of your own excuses that you resolve to challenge this summer
Summer is the season for one of my favorite and most lame excuses.
I tend to get more God and body conscious in the summer months. It's hot as hell outside, which is a constant, sweaty reminder to be better. And, as far as I'm concerned, the proper cure for sweltering heat is a super-toned body in a two-piece bikini lounging on a Miami beach with a pina colada in hand.
For the past 7, 9, ok, 10 summers, I've failed. Same ole heathen. Same ole body. The only thing I've gotten right is the pina colada. But I have a solid reason that I can't pull it together each summer. It's too hard!
I wish I could say that excuse making has only affected my summers, but it has, throughout my life, kept me from living at my highest. When a challenge arose, my mind defaulted to a familiar lie camouflaged as truth.
Me: I want to get fit before June.
My habitual mind: Working out is hard and inconvenient.
My truth is, not being fit is hard and inconvenient.
For you, it may not be getting back down to your high school weight. It may be going after that job you really want, making positive life changes, earning a degree, or getting your finances in order. If you are tired of making excuses, what you're really feeling is frustration with your thinking.
Excuse making is a habitual mindset, but it is reversible.
Here's some common excuses and counter affirmations outlined in Excuses Begone!
1. It will be difficult
I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.
2. It’s going to be risky
Being myself involves no risks. It is my ultimate truth, and I live it fearlessly.
3. It will take a long time
I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my destiny.
4. I can’t afford it
I am connected to an unlimited source of abundance.
5. I’m not strong enough
I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my Source of being.
6. I’m not smart enough
I am a creation of the Divine mind; all is perfect, and I am a genius in my own right.
7. I’m too old (or not old enough)
I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.
8. It’s too big
I think only about what I can do now. By thinking small, I accomplish great things.
9. I don’t have the energy
I feel passionately about my life, and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.
10. I’m too busy
As I unclutter my life, I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.
This audiobook is one of the best time investments you'll ever make in yourself. Wishing you a summer of fewer excuses.
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