jon acuff

Great moments from tonight’s launch of Start – #StartBook

Back in the fall, after a few months as a Dave Ramsey devotee, I started hearing about this guy Jon Acuff who had written a book called Quitter. I’ve yet to actually read Quitter, but I became a huge fan of Jon’s blog and his point of view.

A few weeks ago, I received an invite to be part of the Launch team to help launch Jon’s new book Start. (affiliate link) I immediately said yes. I had already bought tickets to the Start launch event, and this was just an extra way to get involved.

The Start event was earlier this evening, and it was amazing! I’ve captured many of my tweets over in a Storify post, but I also wanted to put a quick post up about the event.

First, the thing that the tweets can’t convey is how funny Jon Acuff is and how great he is on stage. I’ve seen some of his clips, but never seen a full event and it was amazing. He comes from a very Christian background, and it is so refreshing to have someone be funny and talk about great business ideas without needing to swear and be vulgar. I thought the opening of both the first and the second “acts” were slightly contrived and a bit “precious”, but the almost two hours he spent center stage made up for any of that.

There were really two items that *really* resonated with me the most:

  • Don’t compare your beginnings with someone else’s middle. I do this *so much* with my blogging and other writing. I want to be seen as a “thought leader” and compare myself to others in the space — especially people that are blogging full-time. I need to set my goals instead of comparing myself to others.
  • You have to leave your voices behind. Jon gave a 3-step plan for combating fear (aka the voices in our head): write them down, refute them, and share them with others. I spend a good part of my life feeding the voices in my head. Many were started in childhood and others have been introduced over the years. I need to start combating them one by one.

Jon is announcing on Monday where the Start tour is headed next, and if it comes to your area, it’s definitely worth it to go. I would also highly recommend getting the his new book Start. (affiliate link) It’s available for pre-order now and will be out April 22.

 

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52&7 Challenge Update – Week 1

Last week, I started Jon Acuff’s 52&7 challenge

The basics: set of series of goals, work on them for 52 days and at the end of the 52 days reevaluate the goals and decide what’s working and what’s not working. You get to do this 7 times throughout the year. I don’t know if I’ll do updates every week, but I thought it would be worthwhile to do one for this first week.

Financial
Pay at least $1000 extra towards debt.
(In progress … update at the end of the 52 days)

Spend time each day looking for ways to declutter and give away unused items
(Did this a majority of the days this week, and on days that I didn’t do it I thought about what I wanted to give away. Have already set aside $150+ worth of items to donate)

Physical
Bike – minimum 30 minutes per work day in home office
(Accomplished this on Wednesday, Thursday & Monday, Tuesday
Missed it on Friday)

Workout at gym twice a week
(Not so great at this one this week, but I did sign up for a new gym membership and also signed a contract to do personal training 3 times a week.)

Social
Leave apartment 4 days out of the week
(Didn’t do so well at this one this week. I did go out on Friday to a Dr’s appointment and then to run some errands. I meant to go out again over the weekend, but it didn’t happen. Part of my challenge is that this conflicts with my desire to save money and pay down debt. I did go out on Tuesday, so I get 50% on this.)

Find 1 way to connect with crochet community in Nashville
(In progress …)

Mental
Read at least two books per week (1 of ever 5 should be non-fiction)
(Stuck in the middle of one book right now. I did find a two CS Lewis books that I’ve wanted to read. I think these fall somewhere in the gray area between fiction / non-fiction for me.)

Write at least 500 words per week not related to blogging
(Completed)

Career
Attend at least 2 networking events per month (4 total for 52 day challenge)
(In progress)

Publish 10 blog posts per week (at least one on company blog)
(Successfully did the 10 blog posts; however, did not get one up on the company blog.)

Spiritual
Read one book related to spirituality (to be determined)
(In progress)

52&7 Challenge

I’ve never been great at resolutions. I tend to have ADD in my life when it comes to making changes. But, I’ve recently noticed that I do really well at challenges that are broken down in to 1 – 2 month increments. They keep me fired up and they’re fungible. 

I was excited yesterday when I read about Jon Acuff’s plan to do a 52&7 challenge for the New Year — instead of making resolutions. 

Basically, the year is broken down into 7 52-day segments (a little under 6 weeks). For each segment, you get to reevaluate your goals, decide which ones are now habits, decide which ones aren’t working and add any new ones for the next 52-day segment. 

This is what I’ve come up with for my first 52-day segment: 

Financial
Pay at least $1000 extra towards debt.
Spend time each day looking for ways to declutter and give away unused items

Physical
Bike – minimum 30 minutes per work day in home office
Workout at gym twice a week

Social
Leave apartment 4 days out of the week
Find 1 way to connect with crochet community in Nashville

Mental
Read at least two books per week (1 of ever 5 should be non-fiction)
Write at least 500 words per week not related to blogging

Career
Attend at least 2 networking events per month (4 total for 52 day challenge)
Publish 10 blog posts per week (at least one on company blog)

Spiritual
Read one book related to spirituality (to be determined)