Who told you who you got to be?

I got permission to tell you the story I’m about to tell you.

I asked for permission because this is one of those things that everyone needs to read.

It starts with an idea I recently wrote.

In my book “Finish,” one of the chapters is about getting rid of the secret rules that guide your life.

For instance, if your parents told you that rich people were evil, the more successful you get, the guiltier you feel.

You won’t know why, but deep down, a sense of shame will start to bubble up. In response, most people will self-sabotage themselves. Right at the moment that their boat returns to the harbor, they will drill holes in it and sink it back to the bottom.

One of the women in my book mentioned that her secret rule was that being in shape was slutty somehow. She secretly believed that being out of shape was an act of humility. That’s a crazy thing to believe and she knows it, but she still struggles with it.

I spoke about this problem on a podcast recently and a mother sent me a message about it. Here’s what she said:

Why do I want you to read Finish?

Because there’s a chance you believe something about your life that just isn’t true.

More than that, I want you to read it because there’s a 13-year-old in your life who believes a lie, too.

Or maybe there’s a 42-year-old who is still believing something they heard a long time ago from a parent, a teacher or a friend. That person needs you to finish so that they can learn how to as well.

Sometimes, we don’t finish because we don’t know the rules that are really shaping and guiding our lives.

It’s time to kill those rules.

It’s time to Finish.

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7 Comments
  • Ed Cerny
    Posted at 20:00h, 19 September Reply

    Can’t put your book down – will write a review before the afternoon is over! When will you have your CDs out – love the additional info you add to your reading of your books?

  • Liz
    Posted at 21:42h, 19 September Reply

    Tonight I’m attending a meeting for something called Adult Children of Alcoholics. I’ve been going for the past few months, and it’s seriously changed my outlook on a lot of things. It’s AMAZING how what we hear or experience in the first 20 years of our lives that completely shapes us for the rest of our time on earth. I know your book probably focuses on more practical uses and less on deep emotional psychology, but I think the idea is the same; there are tons and tons of voices in our heads that keep us from pursuing our better selves. I know for me one huge one is a fear of success, because success means having to deal with People more. And People aren’t my favorite things to deal with. lol (Oh the joys of introversion!)

    Anyways, I may pick up your book when I can afford it next; it sounds like it might have some good insights, and I can use all the positivity I can get lately!

    • Lori Anding
      Posted at 18:01h, 20 September Reply

      I just got the book yesterday. What draws me to Jon Acuff is his amazing story telling that resonates with my own life and his awesome sense of humor. I have START and I started it and never finished it, LOL. I thought it was crazy to get this book when I haven’t finished, pun intended, START. I am laughing out loud realizing I am using FINISH to START. Hey, whatever works right! After reading your comment, LIZ, I think the “idea is the same” as well. I just listened to a webinar with Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra that validated the thoughts in our heads are not ours. The sooner we are aware and can let those go, the soon we will START and FINISH.

  • Gina Hogan Edwards
    Posted at 01:47h, 20 September Reply

    Can’t wait to start reading this new one, Jon. QUITTER and START changed the way I looked at my corporate job and set me off on a new path. I’ve now been self-employed for two years, after building a foundation for two years prior to that (your book helped me make some wise choices in that regard). I am now living life on my terms and have never been happier….but….I do need to get some things finished!! You are an inspiration. And I love your sense of humor. I’ve told all the women in my business mastermind group about FINISH!

  • Amy
    Posted at 14:58h, 23 September Reply

    I loved the podcast episode too! Thanks for sharing this follow-up story!

  • brandon westmoreland
    Posted at 04:19h, 03 October Reply

    Great Stuff! Picking up your book today!

  • Melissa Shearer
    Posted at 18:32h, 05 October Reply

    My husband and I loved the book! Ok, my husband didn’t actually read it but he loved all the funny parts I read out loud to him while I was reading it,which was every other page. I am a serial self-help book reader and your book will be the last one I read for a while, because I realized one of my secret goals is that I have to have EVERYTHING planned out before I begin and I have to know exactly what I am doing at all time. It’s why I refrain from starting and also why I NEVER finish. Also, cuckoo birds are the worst.

    So, sooooo glad I decided to buy the book (which I heard about on the Order of Man podcast, by the way). Thank you for your incredible contribution to the world!!

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