I have a confession

My confession is silly, but it is true.


I never finished the Harry Potter series.

I read every book and almost the entire last one, but then stopped before I read the last page.


Because I used to be terrible at finishing.

I’d make a million plans, start a million projects and launch a million hopes only to have them all limp to early deaths somewhere in the middle of the journey.

Maybe you’ve done that too.

Maybe you have half read books or half started business ideas or half started diets.

Want to know why that’s so destructive?

Because a goal is never just a goal. A goal is a promise. It’s a promise to yourself and every time you don’t finish it, you’ve broken a promise. You’ve lied to yourself about something small or something big. Those little lies build up over the years until you no longer trust yourself.

That’s why when you start a new diet, you can almost hear a voice inside say, “Oh sure, this is going to last for like a week until you quit.” That’s why when you sit down to write your book, that voice says, “Why even bother? You didn’t finish the last one or the one before that.” This is why when you decide to declutter your house, the voice remarks, “Oh, you read the magic book of tidying up again and got excited? Here we go for a week.”

I’m tired of that voice.

I’m tired of starting with enthusiasm but then giving up.

I’m ready for something new and it begins this summer.

I declare this the Summer of Finish! What’s that?

It’s simple, I’m challenging us to finish one thing we care about during an 8-week process.

That’s it.

You choose the thing.

It could be health-related. Hustle on your fitness this summer.

It could be book-related. Finally finish that novel that has haunted you for years.

It could be money-related. Use the summer to get your finances in shape.

It can be anything you want it to be.

What will I do?

I’ll give you a bunch of free resources. (This is 100% free.) Here’s what you’ll get:

• Access to a private Summer of Finish periscope account!
• 8-week email course, mailed weekly to you.
• A Summer of Finish checklist to chart progress.
• Surprises along the way.

That’s it.

If you’re in, just sign up here today.

It’s free.

It will be fun.

And most importantly, it will help you finish.

Let’s make 2017 the Summer of Finish!

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Jon Acuff
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  1. Guilty. Thanks for this post. At least now I know why I feel guilty. But, I also now have an opportunity to join with some other like-minded, guilt-ridden, people with big ideas and good intentions and commit to changing things up a bit.

    Keep doing what you’re doing, Jon.

  2. Yep, me too. I love the feeling of having finished something, but admit I haven’t felt it as much as I’d like on the things that matter most. Looking forward to the Summer of Finish.

  3. Tyler Smith Reply

    This is me. I’m going to sign up!

    Jon – are you familiar with the enneagram? What’s your number?

  4. Maggie Reply

    Hey, Jon. I just signed up for Summer of Finish! I am a wife and mom of four, as well as a 6th grade teacher. I just turned 40, and my goal is to make (reasonable and doable) healthy lifestyle choices and to begin to lose the weight (about 50 pounds) I have been slowly gaining since the birth of my fourth child eight years ago. Between pregnancies, I always managed to lose most of the weight. But after returning to the classroom full-time four years ago, I just kept gaining more and more weight. While I could list reasons and excuses galore here, the truth is that becoming a healthier me has seemed too enormous a task, too impossible a challenge, too unachievable a goal. I have tried and failed many times and have wallowed in discouragement and self-pity long enough. I am excited to begin this challenge, achieve my goal, and finish! Thank you for the motivation and support!
    P.S. Even if you have watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, I recommend finishing the book. 🙂

  5. Liz Reply

    I’m having a hard time deciding what I need to finish; sometimes there seems to be so much, and a lot of things get in the way. x_x;;;

    Does anyone have any advice on how to decide what to choose? (Mine would either be getting a book publish-ready for self-publishing or getting my small business in line. Both are integral to the future, but both also freak me out. lol)

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