All excuses are misalignment. You are a divine expression of the source that is responsible for all of creation. Your ego allows you to believe otherwise. And every excuse you use shows you that you have lost alignment with your spirit. Remind yourself over and over that you are not a human being having a spiritual experience, rather the reverse is true. You are an infinite spiritual being having a temporary human experience. Words like "difficult," "risky," "can't," "too weak," "too dumb" and "too complicated" do not apply to the divine mind. I urge you to reharmonize with energy that can do anything and everything, for this is your original nature.
Excuse: I can't afford it.
Affirmation: If I stay in alignment with my originating spirit, all that I need will be provided.
Excuse: I don't have the energy.
Affirmation: There is an energy in the universe greater than me, and that energy is always available.
Aristotle said that contemplation is the highest form of activity. I urge you to contemplate yourself surrounded by the conditions you wish to create. And remember this:
1. Contemplation is the continual use of your thought process.
2. If you contemplate with thoughts that match originating spirit (or God), you have the same power as originating spirit.
3. The presence of excuses in your life is evidence that you contemplate what you can't do or have.
4. Start a new habit of contemplating what you want, and you'll set into motion all the creative forces of the universe.
Excuse: It's too big.
Affirmation: If I can conceive of it, passion and the abilities to create it will be given.
Excuse: I'm too old (or not old enough).
Affirmation: In an infinite universe, age is an illusion—there is only now.
In order to change your lifelong thinking habits, be willing to do what is required to make such changes. If you are overweight, be willing to live with a few annoying hunger pains in the beginning or to extend yourself by being willing to be exhausted after a workout. If you would like to rid yourself of an addiction, you should be willing to experience some withdrawal for the prize of being free from your cravings. Talk to yourself from the perspective of truly being willing to do whatever it takes rather than relying on the same old excuses that keep you from making those changes. You'll be thrilled with yourself when you adopt an "I'm willing" attitude.
Remember throughout the year that all those tired excuses are the work of your ego convincing you to believe in your limitations and to live out the half-lived life. And remember all year long, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."
Dr. Wayne W. Dyer is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He's the author of more than 30 books, including the New York Times best-seller Excuses Begone! How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Habits.