Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Book - 2017
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Portfolio,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781591847625
Characteristics: viii, 196 pages ; 22 cm


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May 08, 2018

This is my review from goodreads:

If you’ve ever set a goal for yourself without completing it, you will be pleasantly surprised that Jon Acuff has written the perfect book to address this issue. The bestselling author takes aim at our unfinished tasks with a healthy dose of humor along the way. He uses himself as an example without being self-deprecating.

I found the book easy to read due to the subject matter being so relevant. A series of questions at the end of each chapter gives pause for introspection. Allowing the reader to delve deeper into the hidden reason “why” a goal has not been attained. I would recommend this book to anyone who struggles to complete a task or goal in lif

Apr 13, 2018

Excellent resource for anyone needing help to complete their goals.

Feb 15, 2018

Jon Acuff does it again.

And what does he do exactly?

He kicks you in the pants with motivation and humor.

"Finish" was laced with light-hearted jokes and asides all the while giving you actionable and fact checked advice. Although, lots of the tips that he shares found within this book will feel like cheating or "duh" statements. But, self admittedly, that is his purpose. The point of the book should be obvious by its title - to get you to finish what you've started. But how he goes about that is the truly interesting part. He says (and gives stats and testimonials to prove it) the main enemy of finishing is perfection. And in my own life, this rings absolutely true.

So, what am I walking away with? A reinvigorated "can do" attitude, armed with sound ideas to push it forward. It's time to finish

Nov 24, 2017

Fantastic book for those of us who suffer from procrastination fueled by perfectionism. Acuff writes like he's been inside my head...scary!


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Apr 13, 2018

Our minds will do anything to avoid the challenge of focusing on something. The second you hear the word “until” pop into your mouth, spit it out like Brussels sprouts that have been served without bacon. You can always tell how gross a vegetable is by how much bacon has to be added to it to do all the heavy lifting.


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