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Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done Hardcover – September 12, 2017
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“When it comes to personal achievement, there’s a fine line between tragedy and comedy. No one beats Jon Acuff at helping me laugh at my foibles while offering me help to overcome them. If you want to master the art of finishing, read this book!”
-Michael Hyatt, USA Today bestselling author of Living Forward
“Are you haunted by the ghosts of unfinished goals? I never met an idea I didn’t like, so I know all about the excitement of starting and the difficulty of finishing. Fortunately, the ever-entertaining Jon Acuff has come to the rescue in this terrific new book. Finish identifies the many ways we sabotage our own progress and gives us powerful tools to ‘get ’er done.’ Read Jon’s book, apply its wisdom, and I guarantee you’ll cross your personal finish line—laughing all the way.”
-Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager© and One Minute Mentoring
“Jon Acuff is speaking the preferred language of all great leaders- get things done! If you want to stand out today, then it’s imperative for you to be a finisher, and Jon has provided a practical, inspiring, and seamless roadmap for moving things across the finish line. Finish is an instant classic!”
-Brad Lomenick, author of H3 Leadership
“When you’re a leader, one of your biggest hopes is that your team will finish its goals. But with thousands of distractions, it gets harder and harder every year. This book goes a long way to fixing that problem. I predict that organizations will buy this by the box!”
-Reggie Joiner, CEO and founder of The reThink Group
"As a musician and now pastor, I know the challenges of writing songs and sermons. This book shows us all not only how to finish, but how to finish well. My friend Jon has a way of making the impossible seem practical."
-Montell Jordan, author of This is How We Do It
"As an author, I know how challenging it is to finish. That last chapter is always a challenge, but the tips Jon provides in his new book make it a lot easier. If you've got something you want done, read this book!”
-Andy Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The Traveler’s Gift & The Noticer
“Finish is the ultimate kick in the pants you always knew you needed.”
-Claire Diaz-Ortiz, author and entrepreneur, ClaireDiazOrtiz.com
"The world is littered with half-finished books, almost started businesses and nearly done diets. Who knew the secret was to have more fun, kill the hidden rules you live by, and embrace imperfection? Jon Acuff did and you're about to as well."
-Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art
“I love Jon’s counterintuitive advice! It’s wisdom disguised as stand-up comedy, like eating a bag of jelly beans and somehow ending up smarter.”
–Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup and host of Side Hustle School podcast
“When you’re ready to finish the things you really care about, this is the book that will show you exactly how to do that.”
–Scott Hamilton, Olympic gold medalist, figure skating, cancer survivor
“Read this magical book, let it work its spell on you, and finally finish the darn thing you’ve quit a dozen times before.”
–Brian Koppelman, co-creator and executive producer of Billions
“As a chronic self-starter-but-not-finisher, every word of this book met me right where I’m at.”
–Mandy Hale, author and creator of @TheSingleWoman
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for Jon Acuff to write: a guide to a better life, not one filled with trying harder but one where we actually complete the things we begin. I needed this book twenty years ago.”
–Jeff Goins, author of The Art of Work and Real Artists Don’t Starve
“WARNING: If you want to continue to live blissfully in a world where you keep putting off making any real change in your life or work, do not read Finish. Jon Acuff offers wit, humor, and, best of all, understanding, solidifying his spot as my favorite business author.”
–Lindsay Teague Moreno, author of Getting Noticed
About the Author
Jon Acuff is the New York Times-bestselling author of Start, Quitter, and Do Over, among other books. He is a popular public speaker, blogger, Tweeter, and the creator of the “30 Days of Hustle” online challenge. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jenny, and their two daughters.
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But the advice Acuff doles out in FINISH is much-needed medicine, as well. It's amazing to me that anyone can be so funny and still be spot on. The book does a great job of identifying the obstacles and myths that sabotage our ability to finish what we start. I've seen a lot of myself in the book -- especially in the chapters about perfectionism and how paralyzing that mindset can be. It's the kind of advice that needs to be followed, in a book that begs to be shared. Every few pages, I think of somebody else I want to read it. We've already ordered five more copies (and counting) to pass along to family and friends
He deals with the lies Perfectionism (the antagonist) throws at us all along the way of trying to reach our goals. It begins the lies before we start and employs different tactics right up to the finish line.
Each chapter come with a set of action questions or steps which encourage the reader to carry out the lessons learned in the chapter. This book is set up to help the reader succeed all the way through.
I was able to complete my goal of writing 34,000 words in a book over an eight week period this summer. Much of my success is because of this book. I would not have seen through perfectionism's lies and pushed forward without it.
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If you’re anything like me, you like to start stuff. Whether it’s an online class in computer programming, a new hobby, or a lifestyle change you read about online, you’re all about it! The problem is, if you’re anything like me, starting is usually about as far as it goes. Maybe the first couple of weeks are full steam ahead, but something happens around that third week or so, and whatever you’re working on gets put on the shelf along with all the other well-intentioned failures. There must be a lot of us out there, because best-selling author Jon Acuff has written a book for us.
“Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done” is sort of an anti-productivity book in the name of better productivity. Confused? I was at first, too. Don’t you need to encourage people to get up off the couch, work hard around the clock, and keep the coffee industry thriving if you want them to get something done? Maybe not. Turns out, a lot of us don’t have a problem with starting things that interest us. Most of us have a problem when it comes to setting realistic goals, focusing on too much at once, and chickening out once we get too close to success. We don’t need help with the starting line, we need help with the finish line.
As I said above, “Finish” has some counter-intuitive suggestions for helping us across that finish line that actually make a lot of sense once you really think about them. Two examples: Cut your goal in half, and Choose what to bomb. Simply put, we’re not the superheroes we would like to be. We just can’t do everything the world wants us to do, and the sooner we realize that and learn to say “no,” the more likely we are to succeed at what we say “yes” to. Losing 100 pounds is certainly awe-inspiring, but is losing only 75 really a failure? Are we supposed to throw in the towel if we only cut down from one pack of cigarettes a day to one a week, as opposed to quitting completely? We set goals for ourselves that certainly seem heroic, but then cast ourselves as the villain if we don’t make them, regardless of the progress we actually made. Acuff’s solution is to cut the goal in half, down to something that may not seem quite as applause-worthy, but is manageable. Once we meet that, we’re much more likely to continue going, which makes us more likely to succeed.
Along with our overly lofty goals, we often just try to do too much. We can’t get the kids to soccer practice and band practice, work two jobs, meet for bible study twice a week, invest time in our spouse, keep up with all the housework, and keep up with the local Pokemon Go team while still expecting to learn how to code or write a blog. We just can’t. Trying to do it all anyway inevitably ends up in frustration and letting people down. Be honest up front and learn to recognize when your plate is too full, and you’ll be able to finish what’s already on it much more easily. Choose what to bomb, as Acuff puts it, and own the fact that you’re just not going to do all the things you’d like to do. Do fewer things really well and all the way rather than kind of doing all the things.
As the book progresses, Acuff gets really creepy, and I mean that in the best way possible. As the chapters passed, I had to keep flipping back to the introduction to see if he had somehow dedicated the entire book to me because of how well he nailed all of my behaviors and tendencies. I was part of a pre-launch group for the book on Facebook, and many, many others of us felt the same way. The most uncanny revelations about myself that I read were those of noble obstacles and hiding places. Noble obstacles are those that we tell ourselves we have to overcome in order to really succeed with whatever our goal is. A year ago, before I started this blog, I thought I had to have months of content lined up. I thought I needed a network of other bloggers to help promote my writing already in place. I thought I needed to have a perfect roadmap of where I wanted to take the site before I’d even picked a name. Oh, and I needed to research, craft, and trademark the perfect name, complete with logo, banner graphics, and email signatures. If I had listened to all those obstacles, noble as they may sound, I’d never be here over a year later with almost 70 posts written and published.
Also standing in the way of the finish line are our endless hiding places. Hiding places are where you go when perfectionism begins to creep in and eats away at your motivation to finish. Have you ever been working on a really important project, and you know the deadline is tomorrow, but somehow Facebook keeps pulling you away? That’s a hiding place. What about when you’re supposed to be working on that new book draft and– oh, look at all these papers on the counter that have to be organized and scanned! Yep, hiding place. Acuff helps us identify our hiding places so that we can call them out, return to focusing on stuff that matters, and get it done.
A Spoonful of Sugar…
If you’re familiar with Acuff’s work (“Quitter,” “Do Over,” “Start”), you’ll instantly recognize his off-the-wall humor which almost makes you forget you’re reading a self-help book. I don’t know how many of these types of books I’ve tried to read, only to be left wanting to claw my eyes out because of how dry and robotic they are, but that’s refreshingly not the case with “Finish.” The book clocks in at just under 200 pages, and those pages go fast. Most importantly, it leaves you ready to get up and go. I think a lot of motivational books make you feel inadequate in your efforts prior to reading, even if you’re working yourself to death trying to “get it all done.” They always want us to do more, faster, and more heroically. Acuff takes a more human-centered approach. He helps his readers understand that in order to get it all done, we may need to shrink the “all” a little bit, and there’s no shame in that. We’re not computers that can continuously chip away at an infinite number of projects equally until everything is done. We humans are a lot more efficient when we’re working on one thing at a time, and Acuff helps us harness that focused power to cross the finish line, over and over again.