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Author: Jon Acuff Narrator: Jon Acuff Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9780525499299
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Author Jon Acuff’s entertaining narration encourages listeners to maximize their potential and finish their projects…In his lively and encouraging narration, Acuff now explains why finishing is even harder than starting and describes how to overcome the obstacles to accomplishing one’s goals…Best of all, he presents fresh, counterintuitive strategies to make finishing possible, with an appealing and persuasive combination of humor and sincerity. His clear advice and lively motivational tone make it sound fun and easy to reach the finish line. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

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  • “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

  • “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, New York Times bestselling author

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Jonathan Acuff is a consultant, blogger, public speaker, social media whiz, and the author of Stuff Christians Like, Start, and the Wall Street Journal bestseller Quitter. He has sixteen years of branding and marketing experience with companies such as the Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, Bose, and Staples.