I recently finished reading a book called Finish by Jon Acuff.
The first time I saw a promotion for this book, I knew it was going to be right up my alley, and I actually pre-ordered it! As much as I love books, I am not really one to pre-order, so that’s kind of a big deal.
In learning about myself over the last few years, I have learned that I love starting new things. I’m pretty much a boss at it… but tend to get bored or distracted and move along to the next thing pretty quickly. My two goals for this year were: 1) Having healthy boundaries and 2) Finishing the things that I start. The tag line of Finish is “Give yourself the Gift of Done,” and it called to me.
Jon mixes hard truths with practical advice and throws in a whole lot of funny along the way. It’s not easy to admit some of the reasons that finishing things is difficult, but his steps to getting out of that dead end pattern are quite easy and actually doable.
In his book, Jon helped me put words to feelings that I had but just couldn’t quite articulate on my own. He talks about the “Day after perfect” which is something that I have personally struggled with. Last spring I started running and would get into a good daily groove, but if Justin was out of town or I couldn’t go one day for some other reason, that.was.it. I just couldn’t pull myself together to keep going since I had broken my perfect streak. Acuff talks about how ridiculous it is to say we got “derailed” and compare us missing one day of something we’re working on to “derailing a train” and how we just need to get out of our head and try again the next day.
He talks about practical goal setting that works. I’m such a “Go big or go home” type that it was nice to hear someone say “You will have more success if you cut your goal in half.” What?! It turns out that when we are seeing progress and meeting goals, we are encouraged and inspired to keep going; when we see our goal so far away, it feels impossible and that breeds discouragement, which ultimately leads to giving up.
I never really thought of myself as a perfectionist, (how could I be? I’m so laid back) but this book helped me to see that I definitely was allowing perfection to rob me. If I couldn’t do something 110% I wouldn’t want to do it at all. That mindset has kept me from doing so many things in my life. Jon Acuff inspired me to let perfection go and even if something isn’t going to be perfect, to just go for it!
If you can’t tell by now, I loved this book and highly recommend it. The funny thing was that I actually didn’t want to finish it because it was so good! It took me about two weeks to read the last two pages because I just didn’t want it to end. It talks about that in the book too, but you’ll need to get it and find out more for yourself! It will inspire you, encourage you, and definitely make you laugh along the way.