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#1 Wall Street Journal bestseller! Jon Acuff, New York Times best-selling author of Do Over, Quitter, and Start, offers strategies for anyone who''s ever wondered, "Why can''t I finish what I started?"

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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“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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Chapter 1

The Day After Perfect

"Well begun is half done" is one of my favorite false motivational statements. The other is "Sometimes you have to jump off the cliff and grow your wings on the way down." I saw that one on a photo of a wolf, which was puzzling because in my limited understanding of the animal kingdom, no wolf has ever grown wings. Thank goodness they haven''t. If wolves ever figure out the mechanics of flight, it''s game over.

We tend to put too much emphasis on beginnings. In doing so, we miss the single day that wrecks more goals than any other. For the first forty-one years of my life I didn''t even hear anyone mention this day. I was as clueless as the fictitious people who still live at the beach where Jaws was filmed. There shouldn''t have been a Jaws 2. That movie should have just been called A Bunch of Seaside Residents Move to Ohio, Where There Are No Sharks. That''s probably not going to fit on a marquee, but at least they would have avoided another shark-related disaster.

Despite all the work we put into planning our goals, despite the new sneakers and diets and business plans, we miss the day that matters most, the day that is why I''m not allowed to buy black beans at Costco anymore.

The store will let me, it''s not a management decision, although I do abuse those free samples. One day they were giving out Oreos, for the seven Americans who have never experienced that cookie. The conversation with the employee handing them out was awkward because I felt like I had to pretend I''d never heard of them. "What do you call this? A chocolate cookie sandwich? No? The name is ''Oreo''? Am I saying that correctly? How whimsical!"

The reason I can''t buy black beans is that they only sell them in pallet quantity. You can''t just buy one, you have to buy a thousand cans.

That''s a lot of beans, but at least once a year I believe I need this amount.

While exercising, I decide to "get serious." I remember that in Timothy Ferriss''s book The 4-Hour Body, he recommends a simple breakfast of eggs, black beans, spinach, cumin, and salsa. When my family sees me rooting around the cupboard for black beans, they all groan. "Oh no, here we go again."

They know that for the next twelve days in a row I am going to eat black beans.

Why only twelve? Because on Day 13 I''m going to get too busy, have a meeting, or be on a business trip without my traveling beans. Upon missing one day, I will quit the whole endeavor.

Once the streak is broken, I can''t pick it back up. My record is no longer perfect so I quit altogether. This is a surprisingly common reaction to mistakes.

If you interview people about why they quit their goals, they all use similar language.

"I fell behind and couldn''t get back on track."

"Life got in the way and my plans got derailed."

"The project jumped the tracks and got too messy to fix."

The words might be different, but they''re all saying the redundant same thing: "When it stopped being perfect, I stopped, too."

You missed one day of your diet and then decided the whole thing was dumb.

You were too busy to write one morning and so you put your unfinished book back on the shelf.

You lost one receipt and then gave up on your entire budget for the month.

I''m not picking on you for giving in to perfectionism. I''ve fallen to it many times as well. One February, I ran seventy-five miles. Then I ran seventy-one in March and seventy-three in April. Know how much I ran in May? Eight miles. Can you guess June''s total? Three.

Why? Because when my perfect exercise streak hit a roadblock I stopped.

This is the first lie that perfectionism tells you about goals: Quit if it isn''t perfect.

The genius in this first lie is subtle. It''s not "when" it isn''t perfect, because that hints at the reality that it won''t be. No, perfectionism tells you "if" it isn''t perfect, as if you have the chance to run the whole rack and go to the grave with a 100 percent on your tombstone.

This is troubling to us, because we don''t want B''s and C''s when we''ve got a goal. We want straight A''s, especially if it''s a goal we''ve thought about for any amount of time. We will gladly give up the whole thing when we discover some error or imperfection in our performance. More than that, we will even prequit, before we''ve even begun.

That''s why a lot of people won''t start a new goal. They''d rather get a zero than a fifty. They believe perfect is the only standard, and if they can''t hit it they won''t even take the first step. A dreary sense of "What''s the use?" settles about them like a thick fog. I can''t fail if I don''t try.

While researching this book, I asked a thousand people in an online poll if they had ever refused to even write down an idea because they judged it as not good enough. I thought maybe I was the only one who had a perfectionism filter that sorted ideas before they were allowed to hit a piece of paper. More than 97 percent of the participants said they had done that.

I don''t know how to tell you this, but your goal will not be perfect. It crushes me to break this to you, but you will fail. Maybe a lot. Maybe right out of the gate. You might even trip over the starting line.

That''s OK.

Why? Why would I encourage you to embrace imperfection? Well, for one thing, doing something imperfectly won''t kill you. We think it will, which is why we compare our lack of progress to a train crash. "I couldn''t get back on track, my plans got derailed." A train derailment is a significant, serious accident. In many cases, people die, hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage occurs, and fixing it takes days if not weeks.

Do you know what doesn''t happen when you miss a day of your goal? Any of those things.

No one dies. It doesn''t require $400,000 to get back on track. Righting things doesn''t take four weeks.

Second, developing tolerance for imperfection is the key factor in turning chronic starters into consistent finishers. Chronic starters quit the day after perfect. What''s the use? The streak is over. Better to wallow in the mistake. I ate a crazy dinner last night, might as well eat a crazy breakfast, lunch, and dinner today, too.

"Might as well" is one of the most dangerous phrases in the English language. Or Polish, since for some reason my books tend to get translated into that language before Spanish. I am killing it in Krakow.

"Might as well" is never applied to good things. It''s never, "Might as well help all these orphans," or "Might as well plant something healthy in this community garden." It''s usually the white flag of surrender. "I''ve had a single French fry, might as well eat a thousand."

These are the kinds of things we say on the day after perfect, and that day is sticky.

Do you know the biggest day for people to drop out of the 30 Days of Hustle goal-setting course? Most people guess Day 23 or Day 15, but that''s not even close.

Day 2 is when I see the largest drop-off. That''s right, the biggest day for the most people to stop opening the e-mails that constitute the exercises is Day 2. Why that day? Because imperfection doesn''t take long to show up. You''ve sat at your desk on a Monday morning before and thought, "It''s nine a.m. How am I already this far behind? How is this entire week already ruined?"

Imperfection is fast, and when it arrives we usually quit.

That''s why the day after perfect is so important.

This is the make-or-break day for every goal. This is the day after you skipped the jog. This is the day after you failed to get up early. This is the day after you decided the serving size for a whole box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is one.

The day after perfect is what separates finishers from starters.

Accomplishing a goal is a lot less like taking a train across country and a lot more like driving a bumper car. Some days, you will circle the track without a single impediment. Nothing will stand in your way, and for a few brief moments that bumper car will actually feel fast. On other days, some completely unforeseen, impossible-to-account-for situation is going to slam into your side. Or you''ll get locked into a really annoying cluster of other cars and feel like you''ve taken five steps back.

This is going to happen.

You will not be perfect, but do you know what''s even more important than perfection? Do you know what will serve you far longer than perfectionism ever could?

Moving forward imperfectly.

Reject the idea that the day after perfect means you''ve failed.

That''s just not true.

You get to try again.

Today, tomorrow, next week.

Unfortunately, perfectionism dies slowly. It''s persistent and particularly dangerous because it masquerades as excellence. Some readers have already felt uncomfortable with this chapter because they think the opposite of perfectionism is failure. It''s not. The opposite is finished.

Those are the doors we stand before in this book and in our lives. One is marked finished and leads to untold adventures, opportunities, and stories. One is marked perfectionism and leads to a solid brick wall of frustration, shame, and incomplete hopes.

The worst part of this whole situation is that starting goals and never completing them feels terrible.

When you make a goal, you make a promise to yourself. You''re going to lose a few pounds. You''re going to declutter a closet. You''re going to start a blog. You''re going to call an old friend. The moment you create that goal, you''ve made a silent promise. When you don''t finish it, you''ve broken that promise. You''ve lied to the person you spend the most time with. You.

If you break enough promises, you start to doubt yourself. This is not surprising. If someone told you a dozen different times that they''d meet you for coffee and they didn''t show every time, you wouldn''t trust them. If a parent promised to pick you up after soccer practice and then didn''t, you''d lose faith in him. If a boss promised you a promotion and then didn''t deliver month after month, you''d quit believing her.

Why do so many people quit their New Year''s resolutions? Because they quit last year and the year before that and the year before that. If you quit enough times, quitting is no longer just a possibility when you start a new goal, it''s your identity, and that feels terrible.

People remember uncompleted goals better than completed ones. Your inability to let something go, that feeling that something unfinished is gnawing at you, isn''t just a feeling. It''s a scratch in the record, a pothole in the road, a never forgotten reminder of a loop you did not close. That''s what happens to all of us when we make goals and then have them interrupted by life.

Conversely, finishing something you care about is the best feeling in the world. Starting definitely delivers a momentary burst of euphoria, but it''s nothing in comparison to the real finish. You''ll keep the medal you received when you finished your first 5K. You don''t even care about how long the race took. You did it. You crossed that finish line and every day of training was worth it. Your diploma, the first dollar earned at a business you founded, the business card that says "partner"-small or big, the size of the finish doesn''t matter. You finished and that''s an amazing feeling.

The problem is that perfectionism magnifies your mistakes and minimizes your progress. It does not believe in incremental success. Perfectionism portrays your goal as a house of cards. If one thing doesn''t go perfectly, the whole thing falls apart. The smallest misstep means the entire goal is ruined.

Perfectionism also messes us up by making us aim too high. There are perhaps a thousand reasons 92 percent of resolutions fail, but one of the greatest is also one of the most deceptive.

When we create a goal, we aim for something better. We want to look better. We want to feel better. We want to be better. But then better turns into best. We don''t want small growth. We want massive, overnight success.

Who wants to run a 5K when you can run a marathon? Who wants to write the outline for a book when you can write a three-part trilogy with space werewolf zombies who are in love? (Title: Full Moon, Full Heart.) Who wants to make $10,000 when you can make $100,000?

While searching for real examples, from real people, I asked friends on Facebook about perfectionism. One person described it this way: "I start with the belief that I could do something. Then I get all excited and start dreaming. At first I feel confident and like I know what I am doing. Then my dreams get big. Then I want perfection. Then all of a sudden I feel inadequate to do the job because I don''t know how to do it at that level. Then the dreams die and the goal is forgotten. The best part is most of the time all that I mentioned above is mental. I never actually started anything."

If you''re not naturally tempted to think this way, most of our "chase your dreams, accomplish your goals" literature will push you in this direction.

A fellow motivational author encourages readers to visualize "a movie of you doing perfectly whatever it is that you want to do better." There''s that word "perfectly." You''re supposed to watch an imaginary movie of yourself doing something perfectly over and over again. At one point, you even crawl inside the movie to really get the sense of perfection. After watching your movie, you''re instructed to shrink the image "down to the size of a cracker."

The first time I read that bit of instruction, that I was supposed to turn my goal into a fictional perfect cracker, I started laughing out loud at my desk. I had a sense of where this instruction was going and I was not to be disappointed.

"Then, bring this miniature screen up to your mouth, chew it up and swallow it."

If you ever wonder why you have a hard time with motivational advice, please refer to the dream cracker you were supposed to eat as a way to accomplish your goal.

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Voicer
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Poor view of women
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2019
Wow, how he sees women comes through in full color. And it is a turn off. On the example of his wife saving time by ordering groceries in advance--He says 75% of the time his wife buys the same groceries, which suggests she buys different things the other 25%.... See more
Wow, how he sees women comes through in full color. And it is a turn off.

On the example of his wife saving time by ordering groceries in advance--He says 75% of the time his wife buys the same groceries, which suggests she buys different things the other 25%. Why doesn''t HE order the groceries and save her even MORE time?

Another woman is a "busy mom." The men, as far as I see, are not labeled "busy dads." Are they all not dads? If some are dads, are none busy?

The example of his wife working as his assistant until she told him to hire someone else. [Eyeroll]

He gives two examples of men in powerful roles saving time but then the female example is of a mom who wants to lose weight. Moms again!

For saying this, I may be called names.

Is he not aware of what he is doing? Does no one in his world let him in on this...are his people unaware? Scared to speak truth to him? Maybe they are too busy being moms losing weight??

A LOT about who you REALLY are comes out in your writing.

We see you.

Examine your examples.
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George P. Wood
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Don’t let perfectionism hinder progress
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2018
Most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions. According to a commonly cited statistic, 92 percent of resolution-makers become resolution-breakers. The odds may not be ever in your favor, it seems. Of course, most people don’t accomplish their goals,... See more
Most people don’t keep their New Year’s resolutions. According to a commonly cited statistic, 92 percent of resolution-makers become resolution-breakers. The odds may not be ever in your favor, it seems.

Of course, most people don’t accomplish their goals, period. It doesn’t matter to your body whether you resolve to eat right and exercise on January 1 or July 17, for example. The only thing that matters is whether you eat right and exercise. You can start doing those things — or not doing them — any time of the year. The same goes with any other goal.

So why do our resolutions fail? Why don’t we finish what we start? There may be any number of reasons, but Jon Acuff thinks that perfectionism is “the ultimate villain.”

He writes:

"The problem is that perfectionism magnifies your mistakes and minimizes your progress. It does not believe in incremental success. Perfectionism portrays your goal as a house of cards. If one thing doesn’t go perfectly, the whole thing falls apart. The smallest misstep means the entire goal is ruined.

"Perfectionism also messes us up by making us aim too high. There are perhaps a thousand reasons 92 percent of resolutions fail, but one of the greatest is also one of the most deceptive.

"When we create a goal, we aim for something better. We want to look better. We want to feel better. We want to be better. But then better turns into best. We don’t want small growth. We want massive, overnight success."

The key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions and accomplishing your goals starts with kicking perfectionism to the curb. This is easier said than done, however, so Acuff recommends taking six action steps:

1. Cut your goal in half.
2. Choose what to bomb.
3. Make it fun if you want it done.
4. Leave your hiding places and ignore noble obstacles.
5. Get rid of your secret rules.
6. Use data to celebrate your imperfect progress.

Again, this looks easy, but while Acuff keeps the tone of the book light — he’s a very witty author — there are sound motivational principles behind his advice. And he fleshes out how to take each action step with concrete examples, diagnostic questions and helpful suggestions.

Reading a book isn’t a magic wand. Accomplishing your goals requires work, often hard work. But the work doesn’t have to be impossible or joyless. In fact, it should be doable and tap into your deepest hopes.

As the New Year begins, don’t let the best get in the way of the better. Don’t let perfectionism hinder progress, however small. Be realistic, be patient…and get ’er done!
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Brian Honigman
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Must read providing practical advice on how to finish what you''ve started.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
Finish acts as a no B.S. guide to getting things done as it helped me quickly identify the barriers, self-imposed and external, that stand in the way of completing what I’ve started. I highly recommend this book to professionals looking to be more effective when it comes to... See more
Finish acts as a no B.S. guide to getting things done as it helped me quickly identify the barriers, self-imposed and external, that stand in the way of completing what I’ve started. I highly recommend this book to professionals looking to be more effective when it comes to their productivity and better managing their ability to execute. Finish is particularly applicable to creative creators who are writing, podcasting, shooting video or developing any other format of content as there’s a lot of particular tips for helping simplify your goals to ensure you’re able to reach the finish line and get things published.

Here are my three big takeaways from the book and why I recommend giving this a read:

1) The pursuit of perfectionism keeps you from reaching your goals. Acuff suggests coming to the realization that your goals won’t be perfect and that you’ve got to develop a tolerance for imperfection. There will be failures along the way as you navigate your tasks, but that doesn’t mean you should stop because of a misstep or two or maybe even three.

2) Reduce your goals to ensure you reach the finish line. He suggests cutting your initial goals in half to make them more attainable as we typically fall prey to planning fallacy, the tendency to make plans unrealistically close to best-case scenarios. A researcher at the University of Memphis studied the members enrolled in one of Acuff’s courses and found that “90 percent of the people that cut their goal in half said they had an increased desire to work on their goal; it encouraged them to keep going, and it motivated them to work harder because the goal seemed attainable.” He found that people were more eager to continue forward and finish their projects when their goals became manageable and the pace was adjusted accordingly.

3) Identify the made-up rules that hold you back and break them. “Perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards,” according to Acuff. These impossible standards are secret rules or limiting beliefs we all abide by that direct our work and make it more difficult to complete the tasks we’ve committed to. A common secret rule is that only miserable, difficult goals count says Acuff like running to lose weight because that sounds more taxing than Zumba, which you’d rather be doing in the first place. He recommends replacing any cumbersome rules with new ones that are flexible, reasonable, healthy and truthful.

If you’re looking to better understand your behavior when it comes to time management, goal setting and productivity, than I highly recommend reading Finish. It’s light, funny and easy to read with strong takeaways you can immediately act on.
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Jennifer
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Full of funny and true advice, check it out!
Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2017
As a motivational speaker I read this book to glean some knowledge to give my clients and it did not disappoint. I am big fan of Jon Acuff’s writing and this book is chock full of practical advice as opposed to another book full of platitudes. Jon challenges you to figure... See more
As a motivational speaker I read this book to glean some knowledge to give my clients and it did not disappoint. I am big fan of Jon Acuff’s writing and this book is chock full of practical advice as opposed to another book full of platitudes. Jon challenges you to figure out what your roadblocks are and gives you practical ways to tackle them. Trying to lose 20 pounds? Cut that goal in half- lose 10 and then do it again! He also asks you to examine your « why » which I think is crucial in reaching goals. He also talks about the secret rules you have for yourself, e.g. “Success is bad” , “Skinny people are slutty” and asks you to examine what “limiting beliefs” you have that might be causing you to self-sabotage."Goals you refuse to chase don’t disappear, they become ghosts that haunt you."
That’s the line that is really resonating for me. As a four time auditioner for NBC’s "The Voice" I love that it is referenced in the book, this last time I auditioned, I started thinking about the “reality” of what I was chasing, realized I don’t want to “catch” that so it “freed” me from chasing it down. You definitely will not be disappointed in this book. Click to buy! Go FINISH what you keep putting off!
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Deb K
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Excellent book for procrastinators!
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2018
I love Jon Acuff''s book! Not only is it chock full of great information, but it''s laugh-out-loud funny. Even though we may struggle to finish what we begin, at least we can laugh at ourselves as we learn new ways of accomplishing our goals. Acuff says we tend to... See more
I love Jon Acuff''s book! Not only is it chock full of great information, but it''s laugh-out-loud funny. Even though we may struggle to finish what we begin, at least we can laugh at ourselves as we learn new ways of accomplishing our goals.

Acuff says we tend to think, "I must be lazy or I''m not trying hard enough." The real culprit is perfectionism. A lot of us don''t even begin because it''s too hard and we know we''ll never be perfect. He says Day 1 is not the most important day of a goal. Instead, it''s the "day after perfect." We don''t have to be perfect. The goal is finished, not perfect.

When setting goals, as many of us are inspired to do in January, we need to be realistic. Acuff recommends cutting our goals in half because we tend to set goals that are foolishly optimistic. Also, many of us believe we can do it all. According to Acuff, "You can''t do it all. I''m here to tell you that you can''t."

He also recommends goals that have an element of fun woven into them. We tend to think that working toward any worthy goal has to make us miserable. Not so! In fact, we''re more likely to get it done if it''s fun.

So if you''re anything like me, always procrastinating and never quite finishing, you will find Jon Acuff''s book a breath of fresh air--and an inspiration to make this year the one you finally give yourself the "gift of done!"
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JOdy Scott Sneed
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Why haven''t you ordered this yet?
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
JON ACUFF HAS BEEN READING MY MAIL!!! And for the past 50+ years... I''ve read his first book. Got Quitter, Do Over and Starter. Just haven''t gotten around to reading them... Then I was fortunate enough to be an advance reviewer of Finish, which had a... See more
JON ACUFF HAS BEEN READING MY MAIL!!!
And for the past 50+ years...
I''ve read his first book. Got Quitter, Do Over and Starter. Just haven''t gotten around to reading them...
Then I was fortunate enough to be an advance reviewer of Finish, which had a deadline of TODAY for a review (so I had to finish).
First, I''ve been a fan since his blogging days. My family joined in (my eldest went to a book signing in a gorilla costume and got a selfie with Acuff but that''s a different story).
Second, the book is precious, yes, precious because it is based on facts - the hard data I cannot refute or rationalize away.
Third, it is NOT self-help. It is self awareness. His last book was about punching fear in the face - this one is about shaking yourself by the shoulders, clearing away the fog that prevents you from seeing the next step in your possibilities: staying with the diet, the reading or exercise plan, the everyday stuff we give up on so easily.
And fourth, it is sincere, authentic, honest and darn funny - you can laugh with him and yourself and others - never at any of them, including yourself. Acuff has a true Will Rogers approach to life and the success we all want in our everyday lives - and to model for our kids and others around us.
This is the best gift book in years, for yourself and people you care about.
I know, where are the quotes and funny stories from the book?
Not going to spoil the ride for you!
Even the golfers!
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JenCl
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Didn’t motivate me at all
Reviewed in the United States on December 9, 2018
Basically he’s saying “Just do it” without any real strategies how to motivate you. If I wanted to hear that, I’d watch a Nike commercial. Then he goes into why we don’t finish things. I don’t care about why, I want to be motivated how. It’s so unmotivating I haven’t even... See more
Basically he’s saying “Just do it” without any real strategies how to motivate you. If I wanted to hear that, I’d watch a Nike commercial. Then he goes into why we don’t finish things. I don’t care about why, I want to be motivated how. It’s so unmotivating I haven’t even finished the book on how to finish something.
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csf
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Give yourself the gift of done - It''s well worth it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2017
I''m not normally a motivational book kind of guy, and I''ve found that most of the books in that genre that I''ve started have been heavy on the cheese and light on the practical. But, when I was blessed to have an opportunity to read a pre-release copy of the Finish, I... See more
I''m not normally a motivational book kind of guy, and I''ve found that most of the books in that genre that I''ve started have been heavy on the cheese and light on the practical. But, when I was blessed to have an opportunity to read a pre-release copy of the Finish, I couldn''t resist, and I don''t regret it one bit! Finish is just the opposite of most books of its kind, and that''s why it will undoubtedly meet with great success. This book brings practical to the forefront to help us all achieve something that can be so hard in our short-term, instant gratification culture: finish meaningful tasks.

Jon does a great job of making this a fun, hilarious, and exciting journey to "Give yourself the gift of done." It''s not cheesy like most books in this genre (although we all know Jon loves his queso, and he certainly isn''t shy about it.) but it''s simply real. I had no idea how much I needed this until I sat down to read it - and realized I couldn''t stop. If you''re on the fence, you need to pull the trigger.
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Alison M
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Easy fast read, and funny.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2020
This was possibly one of THE most useful books I’ve read in a long time. Fresh from reading Stop Getting In Your Own Way, which was also very good, this was a more digestible read and the interjection of humour helped me to internalise the info a bit better. Would recommend.
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MJ
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Good book - poor quality
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 21, 2020
I bought it as a gift for my mother. My comments are mostly about the quality. It''s printed on a cheap yellowish paper. I have a cheaper books using better paper. I paid more to have a hardcover version. It''s hardcover but the visual cover is just a printed paper. With...See more
I bought it as a gift for my mother. My comments are mostly about the quality. It''s printed on a cheap yellowish paper. I have a cheaper books using better paper. I paid more to have a hardcover version. It''s hardcover but the visual cover is just a printed paper. With regard to the content. I liekd it but probably it can be reduced to 100 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Superb!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 13, 2019
Bought the Kindle version. Highlighted a lot! I love Jon''s talent for knowing how I work/think, it''s like he can read my mind. I feel an inner shift! Also love his sense of humour. Best self help book I''ve read!
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Aileen
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Ironically, it took me a while to finish
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2018
I really enjoyed it, but I would recommend getting a physical copy. There are a lot of ‘actions’ to be taken and even though you can bookmark on Phones etc, it seems like it might have been easier to read it with a physical book. I’ll definitely be re-reading it :)
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Mr Collingwood
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A great encouragement to get things done
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 30, 2017
I really enjoyed this book. Jon Acuff is funny yet practical in his writing. This book has made me pick up things that have been on the shelf for too long. I highly recommend it.
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