It is an ancient life-limiting disease where the suffering patients firmly believe they lack resources – tangible or intangible – to accomplish certain tasks. It’s been proven in all cases these beliefs have no logical basis and that patients use them as excuses to procrastinate or to take no action at all. Also, all studies strongly suggest that the procrastination or the lack of action originates as a result of a fear in the patients’ mind. The disease is treatable in most cases and the treatment does not involve any medications.
In the most common symptoms of excusitis, patients are convinced that they lack the following resources:
- Funds: Patient believes that he/she doesn’t have access to enough cash or other necessary financial assets. For example: “I cannot exercise. I don’t have enough money for a gym membership.”
- Time: Patient believes that he/she doesn’t have enough time. This usually includes one’s age – too young or too old – becoming the limiting factor. For example: “I am too old to learn how to learn the piano.”
- Intelligence: This symptom leads the patient to believe that his/her IQ is not high enough to reach his/her goals. For example: “I am not smart enough to invest in the stock market.”
- Luck: In this not so unique instance, patient believes that he/she is unique for being out of luck or good fortune and therefore he/she is not meant to do well in personal or professional life. Example: “I had another horrible job interview. I am just out of luck when it comes to working for a big corporation.”
For more information on Excusitis – including its treatment – please refer to “The Magic of Thinking Big” by Dr. David J. Schwartz who is one of the pioneers of this subject.