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Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including All it Takes is a Goal, Soundtracks, and Finish.

Published in more than twenty languages, his work is both critically acclaimed and adored by readers. When he's not writing, Acuff can be found on a stage, as one of INC's Top 100 Leadership Speakers. He's spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences, colleges and companies around the world including FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia and Comedy Central. Known for his insights wrapped in humor, Acuff shared the stage with an American Icon when he opened up for Dolly Parton at the Ryman Auditorium.

Jon lives outside of Nashville, TN with his wife Jenny and two teenage daughters.

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The 3 Steps to Building a Winning Mindset with God

Every successful result starts with a successful mindset.

It’s not a mystery. Your thoughts turn into your actions which turn into your results.

We inherently know that, but most people don’t know what to do with that. When New York Times Bestselling author Jon Acuff and Mike Peasley PhD asked more than 10,000 people if they struggled with overthinking, they were shocked to discover the results. More than 99.5% of people said, “Yes.”

But what if it didn’t have to be that way? What if you could take all those repetitive thoughts, which Acuff calls “Soundtracks,” and make them work for you, not against you, with a new mindset? What if you could:

Retire the broken soundtracks that have been holding you back.
Replace them with new soundtracks that propel you forward.
Repeat them so often they become as automatic as the old ones.

Retire. Replace. Repeat.

Can building a winning mindset really be that easy? Can we really take every thought captive? Can we really learn how to renew our minds?

Jon Acuff says, “Yes!” As we head back to the office, back to business, back to church and back to a world that keeps changing, one thing will matter more than any other for your team – mindset.

Start building yours with surprisingly fun strategies you can implement immediately.

Do Over
The 4 Big Things Every Adventure with God Requires

Overview:As kids we believed we had the power to declare “Do over!” when something didn’t turn out the right way. We’d stand in the street and boot a second attempt at kickball. We’d crumple up a piece of paper when the dog’s head ended up lopsided and scribble all over on a new one.We were not afraid to try, again. Somewhere along the way to adulthood we forgot we still have permission to do that. We forgot we have a God who is not in the business of better, he is in the business of new. The old has gone, the new has come!The good news is it’s never too late to declare a Do Over. It’s never too late to go to the land the Lord will show you. It’s never too late to lean into an adventure God calls you on. All you need is four things: relationships, skills, character and hustle.Sound like an overpromise? It’s not, because there are only four types of change you will face in life. You will hit a ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself.You will hit a bump, requiring strong relationships to survive.You will make a jump, requiring solid character to push through the chaos stepping out always stirs up.You will get a surprise opportunity you didn’t see coming, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.That’s it, there are four types of major life change and God has a plan for each one. Life is often difficult because it is constantly changing and we are not. We tend to hate change, despite the benefits it offers, and ignore it, deny it, or fight it and become stuck.It’s time to change the way we look at the work God calls us to.It’s time to chase the dreams he’s given us that we’ve been running from.It’s time to get unstuck.It’s time to call a Do Over.Available as stand alone keynote or in three sessions:Session 1:Relationships The reason who you know (and who knows you) still matters.Session 2:Skills Excellence isn’t accidental. Here’s how to get it. Session 3:Character & HustleBravery is a choice, not a feeling. What to do when God calls you into his story.

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Your New Playlist: The Student's Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindsetby Jon Acuff

Your New Playlist: The Student's Guide to Tapping into the Superpower of Mindset

by Jon Acuff

When Jon Acuff's book Soundtracks, came out, one reaction surprised him. Parents across the country all said the same thing: "Do you have a version for teenagers? If I knew how to change my mindset when I was that age, my entire life would have been different." Why did they say that? Because truth grows like compound interest. Saving money when you're young has a bigger impact than it does when you save in your 40s. A single new soundtrack--Acuff's phrase for a repetitive thought--believed when you're 14 or 18 can change your whole life in the same way. In response, Acuff tagged his two daughters to help him create an honest, actionable guide to mindset for teenagers.

Your thoughts can work for you or against you, but the good news is you get a choice. The even better news is when you're young, your entire world is made of new. You're a movie that's barely started, a notebook with blank pages to fill, a song that hasn't hit the chorus. You have your whole life ahead of you. When you learn to create new thoughts, those thoughts lead to actions, and those actions lead to new results. Are you ready to tap into the superpower of mindset? Just hit play.

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by Jon Acuff

Overthinking isn't a personality trait. It's the sneakiest form of fear.

It steals time, creativity, and goals. It's the most expensive, least productive thing companies invest in without even knowing it. And it's an epidemic. When New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff changed his life by transforming his overthinking, he wondered if other people might benefit from what he discovered. He commissioned a research study to ask 10,000 people if they struggle with overthinking too, and 99.5 percent said, "Yes!"

The good news is that in Soundtracks, Acuff offers a proven plan to change overthinking from a super problem into a superpower.

When we don't control our thoughts, our thoughts control us. If our days are full of broken soundtracks, thoughts are our worst enemy, holding us back from the things we really want. But the solution to overthinking isn't to stop thinking. The solution is running our brains with better soundtracks. Once we learn how to choose our soundtracks, thoughts become our best friend, propelling us toward our goals.

If you want to tap into the surprising power of overthinking and give your dreams more time and creativity, learn how to DJ the soundtracks that define you. If you can worry, you can wonder. If you can doubt, you can dominate. If you can spin, you can soar.

Finishby Jon Acuff


by Jon Acuff

From New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff, a book for those who want relief from always starting and never being done.          
Jon Acuff, sought-after speaker and consultant, is the friend who always gives you great advice. With his self-depricating humor and charm, he has won over hundreds of thousands of followers, who come to him for both encouragement and a kick in the pants. Now, after showing you how to reboot your career in his New York Times bestseller Do Over, Acuff shows chronic starters how to actually finish their goals in an age of bottomless distractions and endless opportunities.   

Acuff knows the reason why many writers’ novels go unfinished–it’s the same reason why gyms are filled in the first week of January, and empty by the end of the month, and why people stop learning a new language once they get past the easy parts. It’s not just that people lose momentum or get distracted. People give up on projects when they fail to live up to their own high expectations and decide that if they can’t do something perfectly they won’t do it at all. If you’re going to finish, you have to kill perfectionism. 

Drawing on his popular 30 Days of Hustle course, Acuff teaches readers to short-circuit perfectionism and make it through to the end of a task. Whether it’s by “choosing what to bomb” or “cutting a goal in half,” he shows readers how to move past “the day after perfect,” get focused, and–finally- finish.  


Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuckby Jon Acuff

Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck

by Jon Acuff

It took me sixteen years to write this book. That breaks down to a brisk twelve words per day. But it wasn’t the writing that took so long. . . . It was the working.  

I had to work at big companies and small companies. I had to get hired and fired several times. I had to find my dream job, then walk away from it. But after all that, I can now say the following with absolute certainty:

You already have everything you need for an amazing career. In fact, you’ve had it since day one.

Starting on the first day you got paid to scoop ice cream or restock shelves, you’ve had the chance to develop the four elements all great careers have in common: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. You already have each of those, to one degree or another.

Now it’s time to amplify them and apply them in a new way, creating a Career Savings Account™. This unique approach will give you the power to call a Do Over—whether you’re twenty-two, forty-two, or sixty-two. You’ll have the resources to reinvent your work and get unstuck. You’ll even rescue your Mondays as you discover how to work toward the job you’ve always wanted!

Just as a bank account protects you during a financial crunch, a Career Savings Account™ protects you during a career crunch. You need a CSA because you’ll eventually face at least one of these major transitions:

   •  You will hit a Career Ceiling and get stuck, requiring sharp skills to free yourself. 
   •  You will experience a Career Bump and unexpectedly lose your job, requiring strong relationships to survive.  
   •  You will make a Career Jump to a new role, requiring solid character to push through uncertainty and chaos. 
   •  You will get a surprise Career Opportunity, requiring dedicated hustle to take advantage of it.

It took me sixteen years to figure out how to call a Do Over on my career. Please don’t wait sixteen more seconds before starting yours.

A consultant, public speaker and best-selling author describes how to make career changes and to avoid feeling trapped in the wrong job by changing the way workers view their skills, relationships and work ethics through the use of a Career Savings Account.

Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Jobby Jon Acuff

Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job

by Jon Acuff

Presents advice on how to achieve one's goal of obtaining a "dream" job. 

Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Mattersby Jon Acuff

Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work That Matters

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Offers advice on getting out of a rut and on the path to being awesome, explaining why the road to success in work and life has changed over the past century and how to start living and learning at any age.   

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