“It’s fun to start, but the future belongs to finishers.” – Jon Acuff
I read Jon Acuff’s new book, FINISH: GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF DONE.
Hands down one of the most helpful books I read in 2017.
It came at a great time.
I used to think the END OF THE YEAR was the time to make RESOLUTIONS.
It’s the TIME TO FINISH.
It’s the time to leave your mark.
I used to believe STARTING was the secret to SUCCESS.
The MAGIC is in the FINISH.
It’s easy to START things.
It’s hard to FINISH.
We have UNFINISHED business laying all around us.
Here’s my version of UNFINISHED:
- Dozens of BOOKS half read.
- PROSPECTS not converted to CUSTOMERS.
- ONLINE COURSES not complete.
- TRIPS not taken.
Our UNFINISHED work clutters our lives.
This clutter is both PHYSICAL & MENTAL.
Has an UNFINISHED project ever wore you down just thinking about it?
The most tiring projects are the ones we leave undone.
FINISHING can make the end of the year the BEST part of the year.
There’s no need to wait for the NEW YEAR to make our lives better.
The best way to START a new year is to FINISH this one STRONG.
HOW TO FINISH:
CHOOSE 1 THING
What’s the ONE THING you need to FINISH?
What’s the one project that would make the BIGGEST IMPACT for you?
Pick that one.
MAKE YOUR GOAL SMALLER
A great way to get stuck is to have a monster goal that seems unattainable.
Jon Acuff wrote, “If you want to fail before you start, pick a goal that’s too big.”
Dial back your goal a few notches.
This may sound counter intuitive, but it’s not.
This will make your goal more REALISTIC.
You will be more inclined to TAKE ACTION.
If you hit your smaller goal, you can always keep going.
CHOOSE WHAT TO BOMB
FINISHING requires FOCUS.
We have to eliminate distractions.
Distraction is a killer.
A great way to ELIMINATE DISTRACTION is to choose what to bomb.
When I am in FINISH mode, I ignore email.
I FOCUS on the work in front of me, not my buzzing iphone.
This frees up a tremendous amount of TIME.
SEIZE THE MOMENT
Our moment is NOW, not next year.
What OPPORTUNITY is right in front of you?
What do you need to FINISH?
For me, there was trip my wife I talked about for 10 years.