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Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done By Jon Acuff Finish Give Yourself the Gift of Done Year after year readers pulled me aside at events and said I ve never had a problem starting I ve started a million things but I never finish them Why can t I finish According to studies percen

  • Title: Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done
  • Author: Jon Acuff
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  • Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done By Jon Acuff Year after year, readers pulled me aside at events and said, I ve never had a problem starting I ve started a million things, but I never finish them Why can t I finish According to studies, 92 percent of New Year s resolutions fail You ve practically got a better shot at getting into Juilliard to become a ballerina than you do at finishing your goals For years, I thoYear after year, readers pulled me aside at events and said, I ve never had a problem starting I ve started a million things, but I never finish them Why can t I finish According to studies, 92 percent of New Year s resolutions fail You ve practically got a better shot at getting into Juilliard to become a ballerina than you do at finishing your goals For years, I thought my problem was that I didn t try hard enough So I started getting up earlier I drank enough energy drinks to kill a horse I hired a life coach and ate superfoods Nothing worked, although I did develop a pretty nice eyelid tremor from all the caffeine It was like my eye was waving at you, very, very quickly Then, while leading a thirty day online course to help people work on their goals, I learned something surprising The most effective exercises were not those that pushed people to work harder The ones that got people to the finish line did just the opposite they took the pressure off Why Because the sneakiest obstacle to meeting your goals is not laziness, but perfectionism We re our own worst critics, and if it looks like we re not going to do something right, we prefer not to do it at all That s why we re most likely to quit on day two, the day after perfect when our results almost always underper form our aspirations The strategies in this book are counterintuitive and might feel like cheating But they re based on studies conducted by
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    1. Jenny's Book Bag on said:

      Wow, this book got me thinking about how I think, and that s always a good thing These are some of my favorite points in the book and apologize for the length Spoiler Alert Warning, I m about to ramble If you want to finish, you ve got to do all that you can to get rid of your perfectionism right out of the gate You ve got to have fun, cut your goal in half, choose what things you ll bomb, and a few other actions you won t see coming at first There are four lies that perfectionism tells you Lie [...]

    2. Charmin on said:

      Highlights 1 Strategic incompetence choose to suck at something that drains energy 2 Data kills denial.3 Perfectionism shows us a distorted view of the world.4 Fear or victory pick which one motivates you and add it to as many tasks as possible.5 Perfectionism gets louder only when people get moving 6 Expose your hiding place if something is stealing from your reserves, eliminate it.7 Perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards 8 Data tells us the truth 9 Secret Rules [...]

    3. Casey on said:

      Anyone else have a book inside you Anyone else have a dream that maybe you ve started a hundred times or but never really quite completed Anyone else chased by the spectre of perfection, that mean ugly voice that says if you can t do it perfectly, why bother This book is for you, then Dream, yes But DO The world needs to hear your voice.Now pardon me while I go write.

    4. Elizabeth on said:

      Acuff s best book, by far The research that went into the examples here is relatable The advice is practical and can implemented right now without extra time or money Tons of added humor and zero fluff Loved it

    5. Nicole Conlan on said:

      I thought this book was totally fine, and an easy read, but nothing particularly revelatory Maybe it s because over the past year or so I ve gotten much better at finishing what I start, so nothing here was particularly groundbreaking, but I could see how this would be useful to past me, when I had a thousand incomplete projects Also didn t love the trying to be funny tone You know that CoCo Chanel quote about taking one accessory off before you leave the house I wish the author had done that wi [...]

    6. Kimberly Gordon on said:

      THIS WAS SO GOOD FOR ME I ve read a bit about my personality type, and know enough that I m pretty Type A, and do a lot of things out of a motivation of perfection So pretty much everything Jon had to say in Finish about setting goals and finishing them not perfectly, but finishing, was convicting for me He s super funny, as usual, and that makes it enjoyable to read, but his wisdom about how to finish goals by cutting them in half somehow, intentionally choosing to bomb certain things to accomp [...]

    7. Elizabeth Trader on said:

      What a funny, inspiring, and practical read This was a great book to start off the new year with, and I feel much equipped to tackle some goals for the semester I admire Acuff s authenticity as well as the amount of research he included I would absolutely recommend this book, especially to those with perfectionist tendencies.

    8. Erin on said:

      I am a starter So many projects half done, so many books half read This book is perfect for people like me who have NO trouble getting started, but get tripped up or slowed down on the way to the finish I want to get things done in 2018 and Jon Acuff gives the tools and motivation and laughs I need to get there A lot of the exercises and questions really messed with me in a good way because they forced me to deal with fears and excuses I hadn t fully realized were there I ll be referring back to [...]

    9. Shannon on said:

      Woowhee did I see myself in this book Learned a lot highly recommend

    10. Brandon Kelley on said:

      This book is a game changer Who can t use help in actually finishing the things they start This book wasn t just great because of the ideas it contained, but it was great because of Jon Acuff s style You ll find yourself laughing out loud at what you re reading with people looking at you with envy because not only are you having a better time than them, but you re also becoming a finish machine Read this and give yourself the gift of done

    11. Cameron Mathews on said:

      For an entire book whose premise is basically Perfect is the enemy of done, Finish is a well executed book It goes into pretty good analysis of our perfectionist tendencies and how that prevents us from reaching our true potential Not sure what your project is, but chances are you will find yourself nodding along at a few points in the book thinking that Jon has seen into your mind and understands why you are starting and not finishing.

    12. Lauren on said:

      Where are my fellow recovering perfectionists at This one s for us First of all, Jon Acuff s writing is a breeze to read because of how gosh darned funny he is My margins are littered with the words ha ha and deranged smiley faces from all the moments that had me snickering I had to read the bit about Taco Bell aloud to my husband It had us rolling and could have been delivered as stand up But amidst all of his laugh out loud humor is real practical, actionable advice for how go from being a chr [...]

    13. Rebekah on said:

      I loved this book right from the start it only took me a day to read it Here is what I liked The book is full of practical research based goal achieving advice It s funny, entertaining and super easy to read.I didnt like All the pop culture references I didnt understand The fact that at one time Jon Acuff was known as a Christian author I see that no where in any of his writings except for one reference to his pastor father Not even a mention of God in the acknowledgements If he really is a Chri [...]

    14. Pam on said:

      I enjoyed the principles the author explained and his different way of thinking, e.g don t strive for perfection, and consciously determine what to let slide while trying to achieve a goal I also liked his reading of the audiobook and the wit it contained I m holding off on an actual rating, taking some time to think about the likelihood of success using his method, and maybe even giving it whirl by putting it into practice

    15. Jill Frederickson on said:

      I have made a study of motivational books about goals and this is one of the best It has very helpful actionable advice and is written with a sense of humor I feel like Jon Acuff has a clear idea of where and how one can get stuck because he has been there too, and successfully extricated himself I am off to apply what I learned here.

    16. Jennifer on said:

      Easy to read Enjoyable Had me laughing I both read the book and listened to the audio, going back and forth Both were good, but I really enjoyed the audio a lot Acuff s simple style sprinkled with anecdotes kept me engaged and interested, and I found myself agreeing a lot and learned several things I could apply personally and improve upon.

    17. Kim on said:

      Practical wisdom in dealing with perfectionism so you can successfully finish the goals you start.

    18. Natalie Herr on said:

      Liked this book a lot I m only giving it a 4 because I haven t had a chance to apply the principles yet I love his encouragement to dig deep and identify the roadblocks that keep us from finishing our goals.

    19. Contrariwise on said:

      The opposite of perfectionism is finished A highly entertaining and relatable self help tome in the vein of Mark Manson Lots of good research to back it up too.

    20. Amy on said:

      Jon Acuff s ideas spoke to me at a time when I tend to set and reevaluate goals Using humor and practical suggestions, this book is bound to have an influence on my 2018 success

    21. Allan Laal on said:

      although at first glance this might seem like theoretical selfdev bs, it is actually really well researched

    22. Justin Cloyd on said:

      This is exactly the book I needed As a lifelong perfectionist, I have often struggled with finishing anything out of fear that it won t be quite right The tips and tricks Acuff shares here are just the thing to take me out of that fear and keep moving forward.Long time fans of Acuff won t be disappointed with this one, and new readers, like myself, are in for a pleasant surprise I ve never enjoyed a self improvement book as much as this I ve certainly never finished it in one day before Seemed a [...]

    23. Hobbz on said:

      Really awesome way to look into finishing your goals We tend to make absurd goals with a massive expectation to meet it A worthy read for someone whose looking into finishing up some goals

    24. Jonathan Tony on said:

      The best book Jon has written so far It s a pertinent message to any of us with ambition I found it particularly encouraging as I am critical of myself in my pursuits Jon lays it out in a way that is easy to digest and apply.

    25. Valentina on said:

      This is such a great book for a perfectionist and procrastinator like myself I am constantly shooting for the moon and falling short, which in turn makes me feel like a failure I loved that his book had very practical advice on goal setting and getting things done Definitely recommend it

    26. Shelley on said:

      I liked this I think my biggest problem was that one of the goals he used as an example a lot was weight loss I realize this is a very common goal, but still not something I want to hear about, so that turned me off a little But I do think he had good tips Like cutting your goal in half and making sure it s fun I liked how he encouraged being gentle with yourself and not doing things if they re not fun He made a good point, which is that we can trick ourselves into thinking that something has to [...]

    27. Matt Cannon on said:

      This smaller book I suspect it is half the size Jon A originally wanted will probably be finished be most who decide to take a journey to read it I believe the size of the book alone is a testament to Jon s research to cut your goal in half The shorter size increases the likelihood of people finishing it and provides opportunities to release additional parts chapters in the future This book is packed full of bite size nuggets of wisdom explained in a humorous way My favorite chapter is the one o [...]

    28. Daniel on said:

      Overall a great read and very motivating Definitely recommended for anyone who likes starting new projects but doesn t get past the first ooh look, something shiny moment.I took notes for each chapter, take a browse to see if this is a book you want to spend some time with 1 The day after perfect Lots of people can be motivated to start and can do ok for a while, but the day they miss doing their goal, they give the whole thing up instead of getting back on track Perfectionism is the number one [...]

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