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Finish - Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Jon Acuff

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:57


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

00:10


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:26


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:48


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:51


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:34


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:20


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:14


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:46


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:41


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:34


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:59


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:49


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:07


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:41


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:20


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:17


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:46


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:06


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:49


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:00


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

00:29