People–as you think yourself to success, that’s what you will study, people. You will study people very carefully to discover; then apply, success-rewarding principles to your life. And you Want to begin right away.
Go deep into your study of people, and you’ll discover unsuccessful
people suffer a mind-deadening thought disease. We call this disease excusitis. Every failure has this disease in its advanced form. And most “average” persons have at least a mild case of it.
You will discover that excusitis explains the difference
between the person who is going places and the fellow who is
barely holding his own. You will fuid that the more successful the
individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.
But the fellow who has gone nowhere and has no plans for
getting anywhere always has a bookful of reasons to explain why.
Persons with mediocre accomplishments are quick to explain why
they haven’t, why they don’t, why they can’t, and why they aren’t.
Study the lives of successful people and you’ll discover this:
all the excuses made by the mediocre fellow could be but aren’t
made by the successful person.
I have never met nor heard of a highly successful business
executive, military officer, salesman, professional person, or leader
in any field who could not have found one or more major excuses
to hide behind. Roosevelt could have hidden behind his lifeless
legs; Truman could have used “no college education”; Kennedy
could have said, “I’m too young to be president”; Johnson and
Eisenhower could have ducked behind heart attacks.
Like any disease, excusitis gets worse if it isn’t treated properly.
A victim of this thought disease goes through this mental
process: “I’m not doing as well as I should. What can I use as an
alibi that will help me save face? Let’s see: poor health? lack of
education? too old) too young? bad luck) personal misfortune?
wife? the way my family brought me up)” Once the victim of this failure disease has’ selected a “good” excuse, he sticks with it. Then he relies on the excuse to explain to himself and others why he is not going forward.
And each time the victim makes the excuse, the excuse becomes imbedded deeper within his subconsciousness.
Thoughts, positive or negative, grow stronger when fertilized with constant repetition. At first the victim of excusitis knows his alibi is more or less a lie. But the more frequently he repeats it, the more convinced he becomes that it is completely true, that the alibi is the real reason for his not being the success he should be.
Procedure One, then, in your individual program of thinking
yourself to success, must be to vaccinate yourself against
excusitis, the disease of the failures.