Quotes from the book: Finish by: Jon Acuff

  1. According to studies, 92% of New Year's resolutions fail.
  2. The less people aim for perfection, the more productive they become.
  3. The day after perfect is what separates finishers from starters.
  4. Finishing something you care about is the best feeling in the world.
  5. The problem is that perfectionism magnifies your mistakes and minimizes your progress.
  6. In the middle of a goal, perfectionism gets real chatty. The first thing it says is that if you won't be able to do something perfectly and you shouldn't even start. 
  7. Cut your goal in half. Those who cut their goals in half increased their performance from past similar goal related challenges on average by over 63%.
  8. Goals are a marathon not a sprint. 
  9. Some goals are difficult to cut in half. For those, don't cut them in half; give your self more time.
  10. The only way to accomplish a new goal is to feed it your most valuable resource: time.
  11. You only have two options right now. Attempt more than is humanly possible and fail OR choose what to bomb and succeed at a goal that matters.
  12. The most powerful word in the English language is: No.
  13. Perfectionism believes that the harder something is, the more miserable something is, the better it is.
  14. Another lie perfectionism tells you is: fun doesn't count.
  15. Motivation falls into two rough categories: reward motivation or fear motivation.
  16. Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion.
  17. Perfectionism offers us two distinct distractions: hiding places and noble obstacles. A hiding place is an activity you focus on instead of your goal. A noble obstacle is a virtuous sounding reason for not working toward a finish. Both are toxic to your ability to finish. 
  18. Perfectionism loves isolation.
  19. "What's next" will always look more interesting than "What's now".
  20. Perfectionism always makes things harder and more complicated. Finishers make things easier and simpler.
  21. At the core, perfectionism is a desperate attempt to live up to impossible standards.
  22. Find someone with an amazing diploma and then borrow it. Perfectionism persist unless we ask questions.
  23. Progress is quiet and it whispers. Perfectionism screams failure and hides progress.
  24. Emotions lie, data doesn't. If you don't review the progress you can't make adjustments.
  25. If you don't learn what makes you work best and repeat it, you'll never get better.
  26. Talent you don't claim turns into bitterness eventually.
  27. Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story. We don't ever age out of needing someone to believe in us.
  28. Goals you refuse to chase don't disappear-they become ghost that haunts you.

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