Excuses Begone: It Will Take A Long Time

excuses begoneIs this a valid reason, or an excuse not to proceed? If you wish to
elevate your life, it really doesn't matter how long it takes, does it?
And this is particularly true when you're conscious that you live your
life, every single bit of it, in the present moment and only in the
present moment. All you ever get is now. Every thought occurs in the
present moment, and every change has a defining moment. Often it takes
something or someone outside of you to help you realize that.

An entertaining psychiatrist named Dr. Murray Banks does just that with
the following little exchange between himself and a woman who has
decided not to return to school because she'd be too old when she

"How old would you be in five years if you got that degree by starting now?" he asks her.

"Forty-nine," she replies.

"And how old will you be in five years if you don't go back to school?"

"Forty-nine," she answers, seemingly confused... but with the look of one who's
become conscious of the excuses she created for not elevating her life.

However long it took you to create any self-defeating habit, you did it all one
day, one moment at a time. There's absolutely no proof that anything
will take a long time, since even the idea of "a long time" is an
illusion - there is only now. Make this awareness a part of your

The Tao Te Ching reinforces this in perhaps the most famous line in that masterful work: "A journey of a thousand miles
begins with a single step." Elevate or move on in your life, not by
thinking big and in long time periods, but with consciousness focused
on the present moment.

- Excuses Begone!: How to Change Lifelong, Self-Defeating Thinking Ha... by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

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