Excusitis – one of the most prevalent disease of the “average mind” that blocks all the roads to success and achievement. I was blessed with a son last December and the last post I wrote 29th Nov. Since then, I haven’t written any post and every time I would give myself or anyone else one simple reason why I don’t write anymore or do other stuff that I use to do before the baby was born – “I don’t get time ‘cuz my son keeps me busy.”
I was under a tight grip of this excusitis for past couple of months. Every time, I would come up with an idea to write a blog article, my laziness would jump in and my mind would say “You are too tired to write that…. you haven’t slept well… you are sick… nobody is gonna read it anyways so whats the hurry…” and I would give in. Sometimes I mustered enough strength to write an outline but could never overcome the power of excusitis to finisih off what I started and I have about 7-9 posts in “outline” state. So what changed?
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I have always believed in power of company and so I figured that I must be doing something wrong. I discovered that I was not reading good books anymore (especially before going to bed) , I was not listening to good audio CDs anymore, infact I was spending enormous time listening or reading the news. All though it was broadening my mental experiences (I usu. listen to NPR) but I was not feeding my “positive thought process”. So I went searching my stash of CDs and books that have always helped me to put me back on road to success. Voila!! I found the audio book for “MAGIC OF THINKING BIG”. Although I have read this book thrice from cover to cover and have listened this audio CD once, but when I listened to it this time, it seemed that I was listening to it for the first time and that the author was saying everything that I needed to listen.
The 2nd chapter of that book is titled: “Cure yourself of excusitis, the failure disease”. Listening to that chapter, I diagnosed the my symptoms were that of excusitis. And that chapter also described the cure for it. I listened to that CD everyday for a week and TOOK ACTION. That was it – I was cured. I am very happy to have such good company of great books.
I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE. This is one of the most simple and yet most powerful book written on self-improvement.
Here is the summary of this chapter:
Basically, there are four most common forms of excusitis:
1) Health Excusitis : “…but my health isn’t good.”
2) Intelligence Excusitis : “… but you’ve got to have brains to succeed.”
3) Age Excusitis : “… it’s no use. I’m too Old (or too young)”
4) Luck Excusitis : “… but my case is different; I attract bad luck”
Here is the list of a few vaccines against:
1) Health Excusitis :
a) Refuse to talk about your health. The more you talk about an ailment, the worse it seems to get.
b) Refuse to worry about your health. Exercise some self control.
c) Be genuinely grateful that your health is as good as it is. Think of that old saying: “I felf sorry for myself because I didn’t have any shoes until I met a man who had no feet.”
d) Remind yourself often, “Its better to weat out that rust out.” Life is yours to enjoy; don’t waste it worrying.
2) Intelligence Excusitis :
a) Never underestimate your own intelligence and never overestimate the intelligence of others. Don’t sell youself short. Concentrate on your assets. Oh my GOD, I can’t tell you true this is.
b) Remind yourself often: “My attitudes are more important than my intelligence.”
c) Remember that the ability to think is of much greater value than the ability to memorize facts. Use it to create and develope ideas, to find new and better ways to do things.
3) Age Excusitis :
a) Think “I am still young,” not “I’m already old”. OR “I am young, but I have energy of youth to compensate for inexperience”. Practice looking forward to new horizons.
b) Don’t concentrate on lost time: “I should have started years ago”. Rather, invest future time in doing what you really want to do.
4) Luck Excusitis :
a) Accept the law of cause and effect. Take a second look at what appears to be someone’s “good luck”. You’ll find not luck but preparation, planning, hardwork and success-producing thinking preceded his good fortune. I have always liked this quote from Michael Jordan when someone asked him: “Do you think you have been lucky in life”. His reply was: “The harder I worked, the luckier I got”.
b) Don’t be a wishful thinker. Don’t waster your mental muscles dreaming of an effortless way to win success.
I like to see excusitis as common cold. There is no onetime cure for it. Excusitis will strike back in some other form. Have your chest of vaccine in mind and on detecting the first symptom of it, inoculate yourself with these simple steps. The tricky part is to detect the symptoms soon enough.
Act upon some of these simple steps and cure yourself from excusitis today. If you use some other kool techniques to fight any kind of excusitis, I will be happy to learn it from you. Please feel free to share.