Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

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 tho...

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  • Casey

    Anyone else have a book inside you? Anyone else have a dream that maybe you've started a hundred times or more...but never really quite completed? Anyone else chased by the spectre of perfection, that mean ugly voice that says if you can't do it perfectly, why bother?

    This book is for you, then. Dream, yes. But DO. The world needs to hear your voice.

    Now pardon me while I go write.

  • Elizabeth

    Acuff's best book, by far. The research that went into the examples here is relatable. The advice is practical and can implemented right now without extra time or money. Tons of added humor and zero fluff. Loved it!

  • Kimberly Gordon

    THIS WAS SO GOOD FOR ME! I’ve read a bit about my personality type, and know enough that I’m *pretty* Type A, and do a lot of things out of a motivation of perfection. So pretty much everything Jon had to say in Finish about setting goals and finishing them-not perfectly, but finishing, was convicting for me.

    He’s super funny, as usual, and that makes it enjoyable to read, but his wisdom about how to finish goals by cutting them in half somehow, intentionally choosing to bomb certain things to a

    THIS WAS SO GOOD FOR ME! I’ve read a bit about my personality type, and know enough that I’m *pretty* Type A, and do a lot of things out of a motivation of perfection. So pretty much everything Jon had to say in Finish about setting goals and finishing them-not perfectly, but finishing, was convicting for me.

    He’s super funny, as usual, and that makes it enjoyable to read, but his wisdom about how to finish goals by cutting them in half somehow, intentionally choosing to bomb certain things to accomplish others (because you can’t do everything, who knew?), making things fun (goals don’t have to be difficult??), and getting rid of “noble obstacles”, hiding places, and our “secret rules” really helped me to get to the heart of what I want and why instead of getting side-tracked by maybe good, but less important things.

    That said, whether you have a similar personality to me or not, if you have any kind of goals or want to, I think this book will have something to say to you.

  • Charmin

    Highlights:

    1. Strategic incompetence - choose to suck at something that drains energy.

    2. Data kills denial.

    3. Perfectionism shows us a distorted view of the world.

    4. Fear or victory - pick which one motivates you and add it to as many tasks as possible.

    5. Perfectionism gets louder only when people get moving.

    6. Expose your hiding place: if something is stealing from your reserves, eliminate it.

    7. Perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards.

    8. Data tells us the trut

    Highlights:

    1. Strategic incompetence - choose to suck at something that drains energy.

    2. Data kills denial.

    3. Perfectionism shows us a distorted view of the world.

    4. Fear or victory - pick which one motivates you and add it to as many tasks as possible.

    5. Perfectionism gets louder only when people get moving.

    6. Expose your hiding place: if something is stealing from your reserves, eliminate it.

    7. Perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards.

    8. Data tells us the truth.

    9. Secret Rules - falsehoods we tell ourselves that make our goals impossible and we should give up on our goal.

    10. The future belongs to finishers.

  • LK

    Well, I finished. So that's a start.

  • Shannon

    Woowhee did I see myself in this book! Learned a lot - highly recommend!

  • Nicole Conlan

    I thought this book was totally fine, and an easy read, but nothing particularly revelatory. Maybe it's because over the past year or so I've gotten much better at finishing what I start, so nothing here was particularly groundbreaking, but I could see how this would be useful to past-me, when I had a thousand incomplete projects. Also didn't love the trying-to-be-funny tone. You know that CoCo Chanel quote about taking one accessory off before you leave the house? I wish the author had done tha

    I thought this book was totally fine, and an easy read, but nothing particularly revelatory. Maybe it's because over the past year or so I've gotten much better at finishing what I start, so nothing here was particularly groundbreaking, but I could see how this would be useful to past-me, when I had a thousand incomplete projects. Also didn't love the trying-to-be-funny tone. You know that CoCo Chanel quote about taking one accessory off before you leave the house? I wish the author had done that with jokes and pop culture references.

  • Elizabeth Trader

    What a funny, inspiring, and practical read! This was a great book to start off the new year with, and I feel *much* more equipped to tackle some goals for the semester. I admire Acuff's authenticity as well as the amount of research he included. I would absolutely recommend this book, especially to those with perfectionist tendencies.

  • Shelley

    I liked this! I think my biggest problem was that one of the goals he used as an example a lot was weight loss. I realize this is a very common goal, but still not something I want to hear about, so that turned me off a little. But I do think he had good tips. Like cutting your goal in half and making sure it’s fun. I liked how he encouraged being gentle with yourself and not doing things if they’re not fun. He made a good point, which is that we can trick ourselves into thinking that something

    I liked this! I think my biggest problem was that one of the goals he used as an example a lot was weight loss. I realize this is a very common goal, but still not something I want to hear about, so that turned me off a little. But I do think he had good tips. Like cutting your goal in half and making sure it’s fun. I liked how he encouraged being gentle with yourself and not doing things if they’re not fun. He made a good point, which is that we can trick ourselves into thinking that something has to be hard to be worthwhile, or if we’re having run we think it’s “cheating.” I liked that. I also really liked how he talked about the tendency to immediately think a new goal is more important once you’re close to finishing the goal you’re working on. He gave a good tip, which was to make starting the new goal a reward of finishing the first one, like start a list so the new goals won’t go away, but are just on hold until you can focus on them.

  • Rebekah

    I loved this book right from the start - it only took me a day to read it! Here is what I liked:

    •The book is full of practical research based goal-achieving advice.

    •It's funny, entertaining and super easy to read.

    I didnt like....

    •All the pop culture references I didnt understand.

    •The fact that at one time Jon Acuff was known as a Christian author. I see that no where in any of his writings except for one reference to his pastor father. Not even a mention of God in the acknowledgements. If he rea

    I loved this book right from the start - it only took me a day to read it! Here is what I liked:

    •The book is full of practical research based goal-achieving advice.

    •It's funny, entertaining and super easy to read.

    I didnt like....

    •All the pop culture references I didnt understand.

    •The fact that at one time Jon Acuff was known as a Christian author. I see that no where in any of his writings except for one reference to his pastor father. Not even a mention of God in the acknowledgements. If he really is a Christian, than I find that sad.

    Other than that I really liked this helpful, motivating book. For more book reviews and recommendations, visit my website:

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