I’ve had the opportunity to be a part the Launch Team for Jon Acuff’s latest book, Finish: Give Yourself The Gift Of Done. It’s releasing next week and I’m in the process of re-reading it.
It only took me a couple of days to read through it the first time because Acuff is a very engaging writer and I wanted to get it done as quickly as I could for Launch Team purposes. Now I am re-reading more slowly so I can engage with his action steps more thoroughly and I thought I would share some quotes and action steps I want to take as a result of this book.
(By the way, you can pre-order the book here.)
Here’s some quotes from Chapter One: The Day After Perfect
“The less that people aimed for perfect, the more productive they became.” p4
“This is the first lie that perfectionism tells you about goals: Quit if it isn’t perfect.
The genius in this first lie is subtle. It’s not ‘when’ it isn’t perfect, because that hints at the reality that it won’t be. No, perfectionism tells you ‘if’ it isn’t perfect, as if you have the chance to run the whole rack and go to the grave with a 100 percent on your tombstone.” p9-10
“Why? Why would I encourage you to embrace imperfection? Well, for one thing, doing something won’t kill you. We think it will, which is why we compare our lack of progress to a train crash. ‘I couldn’t get back on track, my plans got derailed.’ A train derailment is a significant, serious accident. In many cases, people die, hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage occurs, and fixing it takes days if not weeks.
Do you know what doesn’t happen when you miss a day of your goal? Any of those things.” p10-11
“You will not be perfect, but do you know what’s even more important than perfection? Do you know what will serve you for longer than perfectionism ever could?
Moving forward imperfectly.
Reject the idea that the day after perfect means you’ve failed.
That’s just not true.
You get to try again.
Today, tomorrow, next week.” p12-13
“Some [people]…think the opposite of perfectionism is failure. It’s not. The opposite is finished.” p13