Finish Give Yourself the Gift of Done is an AMAZING book, perhaps the #1 book of the 36 I have read so far in 2017.
The suggestions for finishing what is important are different than any I have read and some go against advice from other authors and speakers I know. Because I listened to the audiobook, I was not able to underline and make notes of the parts that stood out the most for me, which I also use for books I read.
In Finish Give Yourself The Gift of Done, Jon writes about the concept of cutting your goal in half or doubling the amount of time you have given yourself. It reminded me of something I heard Brian Tracy say. Brian said that, when putting together a plan to start your business, when finished, you should cut the amount of expected dales in half and double the expected expenses. Remember, for this book, Jon wants to help you finish what you start. Sometimes, in our enthusiasm, we aim to high, and Jon wants you to aim at something you will get done, to encourage you to aim higher after that.
Another idea that I loved in the book, because I do it myself, is to track things. He suggests that you determine 3 to 5 things that you will track in order to help you finish more of the things you start and to remain consistent over time. Tracking also help you make improvements and changes to see what results you get.
Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of six books including his most recent Wall Street Journal #1 Bestseller, Finish Give yourself the gift of done.
For over 20 years he’s helped some of the biggest brands in the world tell their story, including The Home Depot, Bose, Staples, and the Dave Ramsey Team. Most recently he’s spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges, companies and churches. Featured regularly on national media, Jon has been seen on CNN, Fox News, Good Day LA and several other key outlets.
In addition, Jon is also a big proponent of social media with blogs that have been read by 4 million people and almost 300,000 twitter followers. In 2010 he used his influence with his tribe to build two kindergartens in Vietnam. Jon lives with his wife Jenny and two daughters in Franklin, TN.
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.