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The future belongs to finishers. Join New York Times Bestselling author and speaker Jon Acuff as he explores the best tips, tricks and techniques to getting from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow. All it takes is a goal.
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In episode 107 of All it Takes is a Goal, we discussed the four simple stages of goals. They’re uncomplicated and easy to replicate. But if they’re so simple and work so well, why doesn’t everyone use them? Why haven’t we all achieved our goals yet? In this episode, we’re going to discuss four different types of goal getters, where each type gets stuck, and how you can break through plateaus when you arrive at one. If you didn’t catch episode 107, no worries! You can jump in here. Tune in to learn what type goal getter you are and what you can do to avoid getting stuck on your path from start to finish!In This Episode:Listen to my interview with Greg Sankey Sign up for the Guaranteed Goals Community today!Buy a copy of the Finish Calendar!Follow me on GoodReadsBook me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
This week on All it Takes is a Goal, I’m sharing a story about a castle, a third-grade teacher, and YOU! This is a story about how to stop putting off your dreams and how to get started on them. Most importantly, it’s about how to stick with them day in and day out until you’ve finally succeeded in the goals that are most important to you. This story changed my life, and I think it will change yours too. It might even make 2023 your best year. Tune in for your invitation to my party of possibility and so much more!In This Episode:You can join the Guaranteed Goals Community today!Buy a copy of the Finish Calendar! Follow me on GoodReadsBook me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
I’ve been studying goals for 12 years. I’ve helped more than 100,000 people achieve their goals; I’ve conducted research studies about goals; I’ve written books about goals; I’ve given keynote speeches about goals. It's safe to say, I am OBSESSED about goals. In this episode, I’m distilling everything I’ve learned over the last decade about achieving goals into 4 simple words. These 4 words are not magical, but when used correctly and in the right order, something magical happens. Whether you want to start a business, lose weight, learn to play the drums, learn to knit, or anything in between, use these 4 words, and your goal is as good as done.In This Episode:You can join the Guaranteed Goals Challenge happening January 10-12, sign up today!Follow me on GoodReadsBook me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Happy New Year! I love this time of year. As a “Goal Nerd” it’s kind of like my super bowl. That’s why I’m kicking off 2023 with a giant list of all the goals I’m trying to accomplish this year. If any of my goals sound like something you want to do too, use them as inspiration for yours! I’ll also share a few ways you and I can work on our goals TOGETHER this year! As always, at the end of this year, I’ll do a status report on how I did with all my goals. Tune in to the episode for some encouragement, practical tips on making sure you follow through on all those New Years resolutions, and so much more!In This Episode:You can join the Guaranteed Goals Challenge happening January 10-12, sign up today!Follow me on GoodReadsMy episode about How to create fail-proof New Year’s ResolutionsThe review episode of my 2022 goalsBook me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
At the end of 2021, I recorded a podcast episode where I shared all the goals I wanted to pursue in 2022. There were 38 goals that I wanted to accomplish. In this episode, I’m doing a review of how I did on all of them. I’ll tell you which ones I crushed, which ones I miserably failed at, and which ones I retired after a while because they were just plain silly. In the next episode, I’ll share all of my 2023 goals, so we can do it all again next year. Tune in for insight on why some goals were more successful than others and how you can avoid some of the mistakes I made!In This Episode:You can join the Guaranteed Goals Challenge happening January 10-12, sign up today!Follow me on GoodReadsMy episode about How to create fail-proof New Year’s ResolutionsJon's conversation with Dan PinkBook me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
If you're about to start a new goal in 2023, there are 24 obstacles that are about to try to sabotage you. I’ve worked with over 100,000 people on their goals, studied goals, and hustled on my own goals for over a decade now, and I’ve watched these 24 obstacles trip people up over and over again. They’ve certainly gotten to me before, and I bet they’ve gotten you a time or two as well. Luckily, these dragons can be vanquished. I’ve got three ways you can see your goal through to the end, no matter how hard these challenges try to knock you down. Tune in to learn how to beat things like imposter syndrome, fear, procrastination, lack of motivation, and so much more!In This Episode:You can join the Guaranteed Goals Challenge happening January 10-12, sign up today!Follow me on GoodReads Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
I love lists, especially “best of” lists at the end of the year. if you share your best moments list, best restaurants for queso list, or best trails for a run list, and I’m so there. In this episode, I’m sharing the seven best books I read in 2022. They range from biographies to mysteries and cover topics from money to creativity to the life of King David. No matter the genre, each of these books taught me something that made 2022 a little better. Tune into the episode, and make sure to add these books to your 2023 reading list. For more book recommendations, find me on GoodReads!Jon's Top 7 Books of 2022A Noel Killing by M.L. LongworthBourdain, The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie WooleverThe Psychology of Money - Timeless lessons on wealth, greed, and happiness by Morgan HouselLeap Over A Wall by Eugene PetersonFrom Strength to Strength by Arthur C. Brooks12 Notes on Life and Creativity by Quincy JonesSurrender: 40 Songs, One Story by BonoBook me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Being a parent means a lot of things. It can be joyful, fun, and one of life’s greatest blessings. It can also be challenging, overwhelming, and just plain hard. No matter what season of parenting you’re in, my guest Dr. Meg Meeker has some awesome encouragement for you.Dr. Meg Meeker is a pediatrician who has practiced child and adolescent medicine for 33 years and is the author of six best-selling books. She is also a nationally acclaimed speaker on parenting issues and serves on the Advisory Board of the Medical Institute. Listen to our conversation for a discussion about what matters most in parenting relationships, managing your kid’s screen time, and so much more!In This Episode:Buy a copy of Dr. Meg’s book Strong Fathers Strong Daughters! Find Dr. Meg’s other books hereCheck out Dr. Meg's Podcast, Parenting Great Kids, and her websiteMeg's Book List:Celebration of Discipline by Richard FosterEmily Dickenson’s poetryJane Austen’s booksCount of Monte Cristo by Alexandre DumasLes Miserables by Victor HugoAnna Karenina by Leo TolstoyGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ve probably seen that around this time of year, I always talk about an amazing organization called Thistle Farms, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving women survivors of abuse, trafficking, and addiction.I’m thrilled to have their founder and President, Becca Stevens, join me for this special episode. Becca is a speaker, justice entrepreneur, author, and priest. She has been named a CNN Hero, a White House Champion of Change, and holds five honorary doctorates. Listen to our conversation to hear stories of healing and redemption and learn about how you can make the world a little brighter this holiday season.In This Episode:You can support 500 Lights HomeBuy a copy of Becca’s newest bookVisit Thistle FarmsFollow Becca on InstagramBecca's Book List:The Long Lonliness by Dorothy DayMeditations of the Heart by Howard ThurmanThe Understory by Pamela ErensFrederick Douglass: America’s Prophet by D.H. DilbeckGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Happy 100th episode of All it Takes is a Goal! In this very special episode, we’re wrapping up a three-part series about how to practice bravery. So far we’ve discussed the 3 Keys to Mastering Bravery, 4 Tools for Your Bravery Toolbox, and today we’ll be covering 5 Soundtracks to Make You Feel Brave.A soundtrack is my phrase for a repetitive thought, and they have the power to hold you back or slingshot you toward your goals. Fear is especially good at keeping you stuck, so I’m sharing the 5 soundtracks that will replace fear with courage so you can keep moving toward the goals that are most important to you!In This Episode:Catch up on the rest of the Bravery series:3 Simple Ways to Be Braver in the Next 7 Days4 Tools You Need in Your Bravery Toolbox!Grab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Welcome to Week 2 of a three-part series on bravery! Last week, we covered the three keys you need to master bravery. This week we’re talking about four tools that will help you along the way. Why? Because trying to do anything without the right tools is overwhelming, frustrating, and sometimes impossible (imagine trying to build an IKEA bookshelf without screws - that could wreck even the most loving of marriages). Tune in for the tools that will make practicing bravery so much easier it just might feel like cheating.In This Episode:Catch up on the rest of the Bravery series:3 Simple Ways to Be Braver in the Next 7 Days5 Soundtracks to Make You Feel BraveGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
In this episode, I’m kicking off a three-part series about bravery. Why bravery? Why not creativity, character, wisdom, or hustle? I chose bravery because every goal you want to achieve is on the other side of a brave decision. Luckily, bravery is as learnable as tying your shoes. Tune in to learn why bravery is so crucial to accomplishing what matters to you and ways you can implement it in your life immediately!In This Episode:Catch up on the rest of the Bravery series:4 Tools You Need in Your Bravery Toolbox!5 Soundtracks to Make You Feel BraveGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
There are so many ways to develop leadership skills, but according to Dr. Karyn Gordon, there’s one strength that consistently outperforms all others: emotional intelligence.Dr. Karyn Gordon was told she probably wouldn’t graduate high school due to a learning disability. Now she’s a leadership and relationship expert, TED Talk speaker, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and CEO of DK Leadership, a global leadership coaching company whose purpose is developing great leaders at work and at home (take that naysayers!). She joins me for a crash course in leadership, developing your emotional intelligence, solution-focused therapy, working in harmony with people of other generations, and so much more.Karyn's Book List:The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr & Tony SchwartzThe Road Less Traveled by M. Scott PeckStart With Why by Simon SinekJohn Maxwell Leadership BooksIn This Episode:Buy a copy of Karyn’s new book!Visit Karyn’s websiteWatch Karyn’s TED Talk Follow Karyn on Instagram and LinkedIn Grab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Creativity and innovation are commonly viewed as fleeting moments of inspiration that must be grand, life-altering, and totally new. No wonder they can feel so intimidating. But what if they were actually muscles that could be stretched and grown slowly over time with practice?In this episode Director of Executive Education at Stanford’s acclaimed Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the d.school), Jeremy Utley is here to teach you how to do that. Jeremy is a self-proclaimed “recovering MBA, spreadsheet junkie, and management consultant,” who now studies innovation in large enterprises and startups. In this episode, he’ll teach you how to tap into your Idea Flow, reframe problems, and provoke your imagination so that creativity becomes as natural as learning any other skill.Jeremy's Book List:The Idea Factory by Jon GertnerShoe Dog by Phil NightBenjamin Franklin by Walter IsaacsonWhere Good Ideas Come From by Stephen JohnsonCreativity Inc by Ed CatmullIn This Episode:Buy a copy of Jeremy's book IdeaFlowListen to Jeremy’s PodcastVisit Jeremy’s Website: ideaflow.design and jeremyutley.designFollow Jeremy on Twitter or LinkedInGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
We all have a finite number of hours in the week (168 to be exact), and oftentimes it doesn’t feel like enough for everything we want to do. But what if there was a way to fit all the most important things into your schedule? What if you could actually pursue all the personal and professional goals you have and have them live in harmony?Laura Vanderkam is a time-management expert and author of the new book, Tranquility by Tuesday: 9 Ways to Calm the Chaos and Make Time for What Matters. She’s also a mom of five and knows how challenging it can be to make time work for you not against you. She joins me for an incredible conversation about prioritizing what matters, finding time for the work and people you love, and so much more!Laura's Book List:Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. CoveyIn This Episode:Buy a copy of Laura’s new book!Listen to Laura’s podcasts: Before Breakfast & Best of Both WorldsVisit Laura’s WebsiteFollow Laura on Social Media: Twitter, Instagram, and FacebookGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
The people that struggle most with discipline aren't always Netflix-obsessed couch lovers. A lot of times, it's very successful, high-achieving individuals that have a hard time with it…but why?Ryan Holiday would explain that it’s those people who have a tendency to be overly-disciplined causing them to risk things like health, happiness, and relationships. Ryan is the bestselling author of many books including Trust Me, I’m Lying, The Obstacle Is the Way, Ego Is the Enemy, and his latest book, Discipline is Destiny. He joins me for a conversation about striking the right balance of discipline, using “pullback” methods, and so much more!Ryan's Book List:Meditations: A New Translation, by Marcus Aurelius, Gregory Hays TranslationMastery by Robert GreeneThe War of Art by Steven PressfieldLeadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns GoodwinIn This Episode:Buy a copy of Ryan’s new bookVisit Ryan’s Website Listen to Ryan’s PodcastRead more from Ryan online: The Daily StoicFollow Ryan on social media: @ryanholiday @dailystoic Grab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Why do some people seem to effortlessly thrive at their work while some of us feel like we’re constantly just trying to make it through the week? Patrick Lencioni would tell you that it’s because some of us are excelling in our area of genius, while others of us are trying to tap into strengths we don’t have or don’t enjoy.Patrick is one of the founders of The Table Group and is the pioneer of the organizational health movement. He is the author of 12 books, which have sold over 7 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. As President of the Table Group, Patrick spends his time speaking and writing about leadership, teamwork, and organizational health and consulting with executives and their teams. He joins me for a conversation about the six different areas of genius and how you can tap into yours so that your work becomes easier and more enjoyable.In This Episode:Buy a copy of Pat’s new bookListen to Pat’s podcastVisit Pat’s websiteFollow Pat on LinkedInPat's Book List:Drunks and Monks by John H. CarmichaelBuilt to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry I. PorrasSearching for and Maintaining of Peace by Jacques PhilippeAbsolute Relativism by Chris StefanickGrab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Is it really possible to change the future or do our pasts dictate who we are destined to become? Nona Jones would tell you that the future is yours to shape, no matter the circumstances you come from. She had the sort of childhood no one expects good things to come from, so she flipped the script on the world.Nona is now an international speaker, preacher, author, and the head of global faith-based partnerships at Facebook. She is a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program and was named one of Essence Magazine’s “Under 40 Women to Watch.” She most recently served as Secretary of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association Board of Directors and on the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. Presently she leads a church with her husband in Gainesville, Florida. Nona joined me for an incredible conversation about rejection, redemption, and becoming who you were meant to be despite what you have to overcome.Nona's Book List:Essentialism by Greg McKeownDeep Work by Cal NewportIn This Episode:Buy a copy of Nona’s new book!Listen to Nona’s podcastVisit Nona’s WebsiteFollow Nona on social: @nonanotnora.Grab your copy of the 2023 Finish Calendar!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
Right now, I’m at the beginning of a three-year writing process for my next book that’s all about bravery. Why bravery? Because after nearly 50 years I discovered that every win, every triumph, and every victory in my life happened in the moments I chose to weather the storms caused by my fears. Every goal you want to achieve is on the other side of a brave decision. That’s why this week we’re talking about a fear that keeps a lot of people from ever starting their dreams: imposter syndrome. We’ll cover why it’s such an insidious force and what you can do to overcome it in the episode.In This Episode:Sign up for the 5 Brave Days Challenge! Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
TikToks and Instagram reels go viral when they have the right soundtrack. Your thoughts are the same way. The loudest, catchiest, most played thoughts are the ones that shape the way we view ourselves, the actions we take, and the results that come from those actions. But what if the thoughts we listen to the most are broken soundtracks? What if the loudest thoughts we have about ourselves aren’t even true? As adults, we’ve all picked up bad soundtracks along the way, but the students in our lives are still curating their playlists for the first time. They’re still writing the soundtracks they’re going to listen to for the rest of their lives. That's why I wrote my new book, Your New Playlist with my teenage daughters, L.E. and McRae. They join me in a very special episode of All it Takes is a Goal to talk about why mindset is so powerful, how to ditch broken soundtracks, and how to build new ones that will help you overcome challenges and achieve your goals.In This Episode:Pre-order Jon's new book, "Your New Playlist" and read the first two chapters!Book me to speak at your event or to your team!You can get more info on the Soundtracks Video Course.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!
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Ed Breyer

Ian't wait for each Monday to listen to this podcast on my morning runs! BUT, (CAPITALISED FOR ATTENTION) you know what would be fabtaticoulsly and woderrificully full of the sauce that is awesomeness....??? That if there was a book list somewhere we can get our hands on that lists all the mount Rushmore Books recommended by each guest on the podcast. i always hear some great recommendations but by the time I'm done with my run I'm on to other things and before you know it all is lost..lol... I know I could go back and look at the details of each podcast but I always forget who it was that had it or which one recommend which book. I would be eternally and extrinsically full of the greatfull sauce if this mysteriously and wonderfully made an appearance in this world of existence of which we are currently undertaking it's conundrums. Thanks for your thoughtful considerations of these brain thingies I have delivered to you this day. spread the sauce...be the sauce.... :D Ed B

Nov 13th
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AV Whitby

This is gold! If you have a dream you need some goals. If you don't know about goals...this is the podcast to listen to! Thanks Jon for sharing!

Sep 21st
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Carmen Slaughter

this is my favorite episode so far!

Mar 28th
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Jennifer Stevens

this is by far and amazing and amazing podcast. The words of wisdom just exceed anything I thought about. Thank you so much Jon!

Mar 10th
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Carmen Slaughter

I have a challenge for you! You the person reading this. Listen to one episode a day for 30 days and apply the practical knowledge. It will change your life I know this because it has changed mine.

Feb 18th
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Ashley B

Blue Bell is totally the best ice cream, period.

Jan 22nd
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Martie DeKam

Big fan fan of Jon Acuff. So glad he decided to do a podcast.

Dec 15th
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Nicole Hanson

love this podcast!

Sep 30th
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Love this podcast.

Sep 25th
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Jennifer Stevens

the principles in this podcast are awesome!

Jun 9th
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Кирилл Иванов

Thank you Jon for this wonderful podcast! A great way to start the day while heading to work in the morning

May 27th
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Jennifer Stevens

love this PODCAST! JON YOU ROCK!

Apr 27th
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Andrea Fewkes

So funny...my husband is a custom knife maker!

Feb 18th
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Sharon Kelley

I'm so glad I came across this podcast. It's awesome.

Jan 28th
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