Finish By Jon Acuff

Written in a humorous style, Author Jon Acuff makes the point that the quest for perfection may be what’s hindering you from completing your goals and measuring data is the best tool to counteract perfectionism.

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KEY TAKEAWAYS:

• The harder you try to be perfect, the less likely you’ll accomplish your goals.

• Picking something you enjoy increases performance success by 46%. You perform better when you pick something you think is fun.

• If you pursue the right goal in the wrong way, you still end up in the wrong place.

• “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.” -Simon Sinek

• “You must understand fear so you can manipulate it. Fear is like fire. You can make it work for you: it can warm you in the winter, cook your food when you’re hungry, give you light when you are in the dark, and produce energy. Fear is a friend of exceptional people.” -Cus D’Amato

• A noble obstacle is an attempt to make your goal harder than it has to be so you don’t have to finish, but can still look respectable.

• Trying to finish any goal is like running uphill. At the top is the finish line and in the middle it feels so far away. If you stare up the hill, it’s easy to get discouraged. But look at zero. Look at the starting line. Look at the bottom of the hill. Do you see how far you’ve come?

• If you’re unhappy with your progress, you have three different dials you can adjust: 1. The Goal | 2. The Timeline | 3. The Actions

• The finish line isn’t scary when you realize it’s also a starting line for the next thing. It’s not the end, it’s just a different kind of beginning.

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