Joshua Young


How to overcome the most common 18 excuses that hold people back from success.

Excuse 1: It will be difficult.

Affirmation: I have the ability to accomplish any task I set my mind to with ease and comfort.


Excuse 2: It's going to be risky.

Affirmation: Being myself involves no risks. It is my ultimate truth and I live fearlessly.


Excuse 3: It will take a long time.

Affirmation: I have infinite patience when it comes to fulfilling my own destiny.


Excuse 4: There will be family drama.

Affirmation: I would rather be loathed for who I am then loved for who I am not.


Excuse 5: I don't deserve it.

Affirmation: I am a divine creation, a piece of god. How could I be undeserving?


Excuse 6: It's not my nature.

Affirmation: My essential nature is perfect and faultless. It is to this nature that I return.


Excuse 7: I cannot afford it.

Affirmation: I am connected to an unlimited source of abundance.


Excuse 8: No one will help me.

Affirmation: The right circumstances and the right people are already here and will show up on time.


Excuse 9: It's never happened before.

Affirmation: I am open and willing to attract all I desire beginning here and now.


Excuse 10: I am not strong enough.

Affirmation: I have access to unlimited assistance. My strength comes from my connection to my source.


Excuse 11: I am not smart enough.

Affirmation: I am a creation of the divine mind, all is perfect and I am a genius in my own right.


Excuse 12: I am too old or I'm not old enough.

Affirmation: I am an infinite being. The age of my body has no bearing on what I do or who I am.


Excuse 13: The rules won't let me.

Affirmation: I live my life according to divine rules.


Excuse 14: It's too big.

Affirmation: I think only about what I can do now. By thinking small, I accomplish great things.


Excuse 15: I don't have the energy.

Affirmation: I feel passionately about my life and this passion fills me with excitement and energy.


Excuse 16: It's my personal family history.

Affirmation: I live in the present moment by being grateful for all of my life experiences as a child.


Excuse 17: I am too busy.

Affirmation: As I unclutter my life I free myself to answer the callings of my soul.


Excuse 18: I'm too scared.

Affirmation: I can accomplish anything I put my mind to because I know I am never alone.

How Poor People Live

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the purpose of showing his son how the poor people live so he could be thankful for his wealth.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?" "It was great, Dad." "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked. "Oh yeah" said the son. "So what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father.

The son answered, "I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end." "We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night." "Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon." "We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight." "We have servants who serve us, but they serve others." "We buy our food, but they grow theirs." "We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."

With this the boy's father was speechless. Then his son added, "Thanks dad for showing me how poor we are."

Don't Judge Too Quickly

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall.

When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen. The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen. The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree's life. He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it's winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall. Don't let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest. Don't judge life by one difficult season. Persevere through the difficult patches and better times are sure to come some time or later.