“If you’re tired of being a chronic starter and want to become a consistent finisher” then this is the book for you. What better way to plan for your year ahead, right? Having seen Jon Acuff’s Finish appear several times in the monthly top 10, we thought it was time to give it a proper, in-depth read. And boy are we glad we did.

First, this book is not rocket science. You already know just about everything you’re going to read. But it’s like a wonderful, eye-opening session with the wisest person you know. ┬áThe person you trust who will give you permission to stop your futile pursuit of perfection. And somehow, it all just makes sense.

Acuff’s book is as practical as it is comforting. There are actions you are encouraged to take at the end of each chapter. They are useful, and not onerous. Part of his philosophy to make sure you actually do it, I guess.

The book includes a chapter about the power of adding ‘fun’ to your goals. At first it came across as a little bit trite…but on further reading, it supports a much deeper analysis about the two major motivators for people: reward, and fear. This chapter was enlightening, an has certainly encouraged us to think differently about the steps we plan to take to get closer to our own goals (and ultimately achieve them!).

Another eye-opening moment when Acuff addressed the issue of the ‘secret rules’ we all carry around with us, that stop us from achieving our potential. This seemed like a rather more accessible way of explaining the foundations for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He offers great examples of secret rules from his and others’ lives that will make it a little bit easier for you to identify (and ultimately destroy and replace) your own.

As we approach the end of one year and the start of the next, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t benefit from reading this book. It can be read in a single sitting (though don’t put pressure on yourself to do that!) and will inevitably make you think.