Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

by Jon Acuff

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Overview

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 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 more 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 underper­form our aspirations.

The strategies in this book are counterintuitive and might feel like cheating. But they’re based on studies conducted by a university researcher with hundreds of participants. You might not guess that having more fun, eliminating your secret rules, and choosing something to bomb intentionally works. But the data says otherwise. People who have fun are 43 percent more successful! Imagine if your diet, guitar playing, or small business was 43 percent more suc­cessful just by following a few simple principles.

If you’re tired of being a chronic starter and want to become a consistent finisher, you have two options: You can continue to beat yourself up and try harder, since this time that will work. Or you can give yourself the gift of done.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591847625
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,020,245
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Wrong Ghost 1

Chapter 1 The Day After Perfect 7

Chapter 2 Cut Your Goal in Half 19

Chapter 3 Choose What to Bomb 31

Chapter 4 Make It Fun if You Want It Done 47

Chapter 5 Leave Your Hiding Places and Ignore Noble Obstacles 73

Chapter 6 Get Rid of Your Secret Roles 99

Chapter 7 Use Data to Celebrate Your Imperfect Progress 123

Chapter 8 The Day Before Done 169

Conclusion 187

Acknowledgments 191

Notes 193

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