Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself–must go over the whole ground. What it does not see, what it does not live, it will not know.
~RALPH WALDO EMERSON.
In Excuses Begone!, 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. Here are the seven principles:
The first principle: Awareness
Breaking old habits requires noticing that you’re creating impediments in your life, and that these impediments have become excuses for so-called limitations. For example, if you’re averse to risk taking and tend to choose the safe or easy path, this has caused you to erect mental barriers. Such barriers are what I’m calling excuses, and they give you a way out.
So when it’s time to try something new–or to take a step that might result in failing, becoming the butt of criticism, losing a contest or competition, or anything at all that puts you on the path toward becoming a stronger and more self-reliant person, you come up with the same old excuse and avoid the risk.
Simply being cognizant of your excuse making will open you up to vast arenas of new possibilities.
The second principle: Alignment
Alignment is a basic truth that functions as your personal code, unlocking the mystery of manifesting anything into your life.
At this very moment, you can begin to practice alignment. First, notice your thoughts, and watch out for any of those habitually misaligned ones. Then just implement a different way of thinking that replaces the old habit. When you shift your thinking to align with an awereness of your essential nature, the energy is actually measurable.
The third principle: Now
My conclusion is that the present moment is an antidote for the pain and difficulties we experience, which we habitually try to soothe with rationales and explanations. When we plunge ourselves 100 percent into the now, experiencing it and nothing else, we’re on an Excuses Begone journey, with no need for all of those old habituated thinking patterns.
The fourth principle: Contemplation
It’s important that you understand that you can create the life you desire by concentrating on what you wish to attract. Once you master the ideas surrounding this concept, you won’t want to use your mind for the purpose of excuse making. Instead, you’ll prefer to use it to really consider what you want to manifest into your life and then visualize it as coming true.
The fifth principle: Willigness
Ask yourself the following four questions, which will reinforce your willigness thoughts:
1. Am I willing to take total responsability for all of the conditions of my life?
2. Am I willing to surrender?
3. Am I willing to hold the vision?
4. Am I willing to shed all unwilligness?
The sixth principle: Passion
Passion is a feeling that tells you: This is the right thing to do. Nothing can stand in my way. It doesn’t matter what anyone else says. This feeling is so good that it cannot be ignored. I’m going to follow my bliss and act upon this glorious sensation of joy.
When you’re enthusiastic, nothing seems difficult. When you have passion, there are no risks.
The seventh principle: Compassion
There’s no room for blame in your life as long as you live with kindness. And excuses, regardless of their form, are all about blame.
When you shift to compassion, all blame disappears.