All It Takes Is A Goal

Jon Acuff

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 this episode, I’m kicking off a special three-part series with three very specific gifts you need to give yourself at the end of the year. All three gifts are 100% free, they fit everyone and you can't find them for sale online, in stores, or in catalogs. What are they? Find out in this episode! Stay tuned for Part 2 & 3!In this episode:Finish more goals with the Finish Calendar!Check out the Finish Course.Inner Game of Tennis by W. Timothy Gallwey Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Nov 29

21 min 30 sec

Want to have a big year? Ask big questions. In this episode, I’ll teach you one of the most powerful questions you can ask when it comes to finishing goals. Heads up, it's going to step on your toes a little bit. It’s probably a question you’ve never asked yourself before, but as soon as you do, you’re going to be surprised it took you this long.In this episode:Catch up on the Grading on a Curve episodeFinish more goals with the Finish CalendarYou can also take the Finish CourseText me at 615-398-6873Book me to speak at your next event!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Nov 22

19 min 34 sec

Do you love the holidays? I know that can be a loaded question, that’s why I’ve got a special holiday episode of All it Takes is a Goal for you. We’re on the edge of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and so many other celebrations, and maybe it doesn’t feel like a Hallmark movie for you. Maybe you’re dreading it just a little bit. Don’t stress. In this episode, I’ve got 4 soundtracks that will help you survive the holidays so you can enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!In this episode:Book Jon to speak at your event or to your team!Follow Jon over on InstagramFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Nov 15

25 min 32 sec

Have you ever felt guilty for not waking up hours before the sun comes up? Have you ever felt like you shouldn't take a nap or should get up at 3AM to do burpees? That's probably the result of the "Sleep Mafia," AKA a group of influencers trying to convince you that you need to wake up when they wake up. In this episode, I've got 5 reasons you should ignore them and stick to the sleep schedule that's best for you.In this episode:Book Jon to speak at your event or to your team!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Nov 8

27 min 33 sec

"Well that was...awkward." I don’t care if you're 25, 35, 45, 55, or 85, at some point, something is going to happen that makes you feel like a 13-year-old all over again. You'll be in a meeting, a presentation, or a dinner party where something awkward will happen and you'll stand there feeling like the teenage version of yourself. What do you do in that moment? I've got three questions to ask yourself when you face any of life's awkward moments.In this episode:Book Jon to speak at your event or to your team!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Nov 1

20 min 10 sec

Tanya Dalton is a best-selling author, speaker, and nationally recognized productivity expert. Her first book, The Joy of Missing Out, was named one of the Top 10 Business Books of the year by Fortune Magazine, and her podcast, The Intentional Advantage, has received millions of downloads. She knows that it's easy to get caught up pursuing other people's goals or only setting the goals you think others expect you to. She joins me for a conversation about how to set goals even when you don't know what you want to pursue and how to accomplish what actually matters to you.In this episode:You can find more about Tanya's books, podcast, and videos at her website!Tanya's book recommendation: Think and Grow RichSponsored by Remodel Health. Use code ACUFF50 and get 50% off!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Oct 25

45 min 48 sec

Brendan Leonard is a writer, illustrator, speaker, and ultrarunner. In 2019, he completed 52 marathon-distance runs in 52 weeks, and survived, while having fun part of the time. Leonard is a columnist at Outside, and his writing has appeared in Runner's World, National Geographic Adventure, Climbing, and Alpinist and on CNN.com and in dozens of other publications, including his website, Semi-Rad.com. He also lived in a van for several years, loves pizza, and is easily one of the coolest people I’ve ever gotten the chance to talk to. He’s passionate about people doing what they love not because they’re the best at it, but just because they enjoy it. He joins me for a conversation all about how to accomplish your goals without taking yourself too seriously. In this episode:Find out more at Brendan Leonard's website.One Long River of Song by Brian DoyleSponsored by Remodel Health. Use code ACUFF50 and get 50% off!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Oct 18

53 min 10 sec

Do you ever feel like you’re the only person that didn’t get the manual on how to be an adult? Or like you still have no idea what you really want to spend your life doing? Let me introduce you to my guest, Victoria Labalme. Victoria is a Performing Artist and Performance Coach, so it probably goes without saying she’s a creative genius. She’s the founder of Rock the Room, and recently released a brand new book called Risk Forward. Victoria’s on a mission to help you embrace the unknown, express your hidden genius, and have a lot of fun while you figure out life. Listen to our conversation for some inspiring advice about dealing with uncertainty and being authentically you in the process.In this episode:Find out more about Victoria at her website and check out her book Risk Forward.Book Jon to speak at your event or to your team!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Oct 11

39 min 31 sec

I don’t video record my podcasts because I’m so new at this that I’m pretty sure I’m making weird faces while I read the questions I’ve written before hand for these interviews. Plus, I apparently have a furious focus face, the old “triple F” as they say in Latin. I look so mad when I’m really listening. But if you could see the video of this conversation, in this episode you’d see me start leaning in, start clapping and start taking notes. Cathy Heller’s story of losing her record deal, reinventing her life and building a massive business is wildly inspiring. She stepped on my toes a lot in this episode, challenging me to do some things in my own life that I’ve been afraid to try. If you listen to this episode while on a treadmill, you’re probably going to fall off. That’s a safety warning, right there.In this episode:Cathy Heller is online at her website and Instagram.Listen to her podcast Don't Keep Your Day Job and check out her conversation with Jon.Grab a copy of her book Don't Keep Your Day Job.Find out more about The Quitters Club.Sponsored by Remodel Health. Use code ACUFF50 and get 50% off!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Oct 4

45 min 50 sec

Creativity is all about revision. Not many of us are capable of launching ideas already formed and perfectly successful, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t creative. I had my friend, Josh Linkner, join me for a conversation about creativity and innovation. Josh is the number one most booked innovation keynote speaker. And he also loves Legos. We discussed Josh’s recent book, Big Little Breakthroughs, which is all about how small creative acts can unlock massive creative rewards over time. Whether you consider yourself in the “creative field” or not, you absolutely have the potential to unlock innovation. In this episode:Find out more on Josh Linkner's website or at 3 Ring CircusCheck out Josh's book Big Little BreakthroughsSponsored by Remodel Health. Use code ACUFF50 and get 50% off!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Sep 27

45 min 55 sec

What you do says a lot about you, but why you do what you do says a lot more. That’s why I asked Ian Morgan Cron to join me for a conversation all about the Enneagram. Ian Morgan Cron is a bestselling author, psychotherapist, Enneagram teacher, and host of the popular podcast, Typology. He uses the Enneagram personality-typing system as a tool to help leaders cultivate self-awareness and emotional wisdom. Whether you’ve never heard of the Enneagram or you have some experience with it already, this conversation will help you discover more about yourself and how you can use that knowledge to accomplish your goals.In this episode:Buy Jon's book Soundtracks by September 30 and get 2 free posters here!Find out more about Ian Morgan Cron through his website, podcast, his book Road Back to You about the Enneagram, and his upcoming book The Story of You.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

Sep 20

44 min 53 sec

Everybody knows that January is a big month for goals, but there’s another secret month hidden in the calendar that’s a powerful time to start a new goal. I call these months “slingshot months” because they fall during times of the year where there’s already momentum building so they can launch your goals toward success. It took me 25 years to discover the hidden power of the second, less famous slingshot month, but you’re about to learn all about it and how to make the most of it in 25 minutes.In this episode:Sign up for the Back to Challenge! Sponsored by Remodel Health. Use code ACUFF50 and get 50% off!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Sep 13

26 min 3 sec

Life always moves fast, but what happens when the pace of life becomes totally unsustainable? My friend and mentor, Carey Nieuwhof, rebuilt his entire life after a whirlwind career left him burned out and exhausted for years. A former lawyer, Carey is now a bestselling leadership author, speaker, and podcaster. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change and personal growth. He joins me in this episode to tell you how to make time work for you so you can live more of the life you love. In this episode:The Carey Nieuwhof Leadership PodcastJon's episode on Carey’s podcastAt Your Best, Carey’s brand new book!Carey’s Website Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Sep 6

48 min 31 sec

74% of Americans agree that they're more likely to trust someone who has an established personal brand, so what does your personal brand say about you? Do you have a personal brand? Have you ever thought about building one? New York Times best-selling author, professional speaker Hall of Famer, eight-figure company entrepreneur, and my long-time friend, Rory Vaden, knows that personal brands are the future no matter what industry you're in. He joins me in this episode to tell you how to develop and sustain a killer personal brand so that you can master your message and use it to reach your goals.In this episode:Get a Free Brand Call with Brand BuildersYou can follow Rory on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TwitterFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Aug 30

47 min

When’s the last time you were really bored? If you’re like me, it’s probably the last time you were in the shower. That seems to be the only time when I’m not trying to maximize productivity by multi-tasking or listening to an audiobook or podcast. Most of us have packed our lives so full of activities that we don’t have a lot of room left for the quiet, often necessary groundswell of creativity. Creativity needs boredom, but there’s a way to be strategic about it. Listen to the episode for four ways you can refill your creative tank by tapping into the power of strategic boredom. In this episode:Book Jon to speak at your next event!Orbiting the Giant Hairball by Gordon MacKenzieSign up for Jon's 5 Ideas to Shout About NewsletterCatch Jon's interview with Greg Sankey, Commissioner of the SECFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Aug 23

30 min 2 sec

You’re completely alone in the wilderness. You only have 10 pieces of gear. If you can tough it out longer than nine other people, you win $500,000. Also, there are bears. And maybe a wolverine here and there. How long do you think you would last? This is the actual premise of one of my all-time favorite TV shows, Alone. One of the show’s producers, Ryan Pender, joins me this week to tell me the surprising lessons people learn about life and themselves when they’re completely isolated and solely focused on their survival. Even if you haven’t seen a single episode, you’ll love this conversation and how lessons from the wilderness can apply to your life.In this episode:Watch Alone on the History Channel or online!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Aug 16

41 min 25 sec

Who’s that person you always compare yourself to? Maybe it’s some perfect mom you follow online? Or maybe it’s the coworker who actually got in better shape during the pandemic? The one that got the 8-pack of abs then had the audacity to also learn Italian, start a community garden for elderly orphans, and rescue five Corgi-German Shepherd mixes? You know who I’m talking about. Social media has made it easier than ever to get caught in the trap of comparison, but there are a few actionable steps you can take to avoid it. Listen in for the 5 easiest ways to avoid comparison so that you can spend your energy focusing on your own growth and goals.In this episode:Book Jon to speak at your next event!Find Jon's article on comparison here.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Aug 9

22 min 44 sec

Can selfless acts help you achieve your goals? It may sound counterintuitive that investing time into others can help you achieve your goals, but Richard Lui has the data that proves selflessness pays major dividends for the giver and the receiver.Veteran journalist Richard Lui has more than 30 years in television, film, technology, and business. He's the first Asian American man to anchor a daily national cable news program, and a team Emmy and Peabody winner. He joins me for a conversation to teach you how to find the hidden power of selflessness and how it will help you to reach your goals.You can catch up on everything Richard Lui is up to and grab his book on his website!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Aug 2

45 min 29 sec

Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you’re working on a goal, you’re just not making any progress?When the scale doesn’t budge, the income doesn’t increase, or the pages don’t get written, it can be discouraging. Not seeing progress come quickly enough is one of the biggest reasons people give up on their goals. Here’s the issue though - progress is found not received, and the only way to see it is to know exactly where you started. The best map in the world is useless if you don’t know where you are when you open it. That’s why this episode is all about drawing a massive “You Are Here” X so that you can build a base that will launch your success and help you track your progress. Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jul 26

21 min 8 sec

What does it really take to be successful? A platform? The right connections? A giant start-up fund?Corinne Crabtree didn’t have any of those things but that didn’t stop her from building a massive business. Corinne is a weight loss coach, multi-million dollar business owner, and productivity genius, but her success wasn’t the result of some big break. Corinne was raised by a single mom without any money. She didn't finish college. She started her business without a platform. And now she's got a multi-million dollar business and has helped thousands of people achieve their health goals. Whether you’re looking to get in shape, advice on growing your side hustle or want a productivity hack that will transform your calendar, my conversation with Corinne has what you need to know.Keep up with Corrine on Instagram and try her No BS Free Course!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jul 19

46 min 51 sec

How do you handle rejection?If you're like me, you'd respond with "poorly and personally, " but there's a better way. Rejection sucks, but it's a part of life, and you should be prepared for it. That's why in this episode, I'm giving you 7 ways you can deal with rejection that will help you take the sting out of it, learn from it, and get over it.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jul 12

22 min 59 sec

If you've ever heard the word “networking” and were instantly flooded with images of uncomfortable cocktail parties, awkward business card exchanges, and cheesy Zoom calls, it’s probably because that’s how most of the world is still running networking events. Luckily there are people like Jordan Harbinger that are making the world of networking much more enjoyable and much more worth your time. Jordan is a lawyer that left the corporate world to, in his words, “read books and talk to smart people.” His podcast, the Jordan Harbinger Show, receives over 11 million downloads a month and features insights and strategies from the world’s most successful people. Listen to my conversation with Jordan for practical advice about how to build the network you need to help you accomplish the goals you’re working on without all the awkwardness.In this episode:The Jordan Harbinger ShowJordan's websiteJordan's free courseJordan on Instagram & TwitterFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jul 5

51 min 15 sec

Perfect isn't possible.Deep down, you know this, but perfectionism will do everything in its power to convince you that if you take perfect steps, you can achieve perfect goals. The reality is that perfection is in the opposite direction of your goal's finish line. Sometimes perfectionism is easy to spot, but sometimes it can get a little sneaky. That's why this episode is all about how to spot perfectionism in your life so that you can identify it, avoid it, and stay on track and finish your goals.Mentioned in this episode:Jon's book FinishFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jun 28

23 min 53 sec

What's the best age to take a risk?Fear will always tell you that you're never on time for your dream. It will try to convince you that you're too old or too young; that you don't have enough experience or that you're too experienced to take a chance on something new. But if there's one thing I know to be true, it's that some of life's greatest lessons come from the most unexpected circumstances. For me, one of those great life lessons involves a story about a finger, a power drill, and bravery, and it all directly applies to that dream you've been putting off. Listen to the story that changed the way I thought about dreams and fear forever because I think it will change your view too!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jun 21

18 min 48 sec

In this very special episode, Joel and Matt from the How to Money Podcast join me for the first-ever New Friend Friday. Joel & Matt are financial experts, craft beer enthusiasts, and real-life best friends. They know that figuring out your finances can be an intimidating goal, so they're joining me to answer 5 questions that will help you jumpstart financial goals with peace of mind. Whether you want to start investing, pay off debt, or save up for a killer vacation, start with this episode for some great practical tips and resources that will get you moving in the right direction. Book list mentioned in this episode:The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. ClasonThe Simple Path to Wealth by J.L. CollinsThe Millionaire Real Estate Investor by Jay PapasanThe Behavioral Investor by Daniel CrosbyThe Psychology of Money by Morgan HouselFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jun 18

22 min 13 sec

What would you do if you were the leader of the most successful college sports league in the entire world when COVID hit?That’s the exact question the Commissioner of the SEC, Greg Sankey, faced. Last year when the pandemic forced the world to shut down, all eyes were on Greg and his team as they figured out how to navigate the college football season in the midst of chaos. He joins me for a conversation about how to lead through a crisis and how to keep learning as you go. No matter how big or small, if you hold any leadership position in your life, this episode is a masterclass that will encourage you to be the best leader you can be.Books mentioned in this episode:Thinking in Bets by Annie DukeNever Split the Difference by Chris VossThe Life You’ve Always Wanted by John OrtbergBe Quick But Don’t Hurry by Andy HillEcclesiastes, a book of the BibleDo Over by Jon AcuffFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jun 14

56 min 51 sec

What if you could turn perfectionism from a foe into a friend?I started asking myself that question after years of constantly wrestling with perfectionism. It led me to an interesting creative exercise: I invited perfectionism to have a conversation with me. What unfolded helped me to see that my once mortal enemy might have been a misunderstood companion all along. If you're tired of fighting with perfectionism, it's time for a truce. Listen in for an episode that will redefine your view of perfectionism and give you tools to use it in a way that will move you toward the finish line of your goal.Join the FREE 5 day Beyond Perfect Challenge!Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jun 7

20 min 54 sec

My guest, Mary Marantz, is a podcaster, entrepreneur, and bestselling author of the book, Dirt. Mary grew up in small rural town in West Virginia, and from an early age excelled in everything she did. Despite the limited opportunities her hometown offered, with the enduring support of her dad and years of hard work, she went from a five-room schoolhouse to the hallowed halls of Yale University. Her journey is nothing short of incredible, but along the way her achievements and her identity became one in the same to her. Untangling the two was a long process, but she joined me this week to share the process it took to undo the mindsets that a lifetime of overachieving instilled in her. Listen in for an incredibly moving conversation about how you can achieve big goals without letting them define who you are.Links from this episode:Mary's book DirtMary's WebsiteJon and Mary's conversation on The Mary Marantz ShowGoal coaching at The Whiteboard RoomFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

May 31

53 min 32 sec

Why is staying motivated during a goal so difficult?When your motivation for a new goal disappears, the temptation may be to believe that you've picked the wrong goal to work on, but most of the time, I don't think that's the issue at all. Motivation is notoriously flighty, so the key to success is learning how to bring it back every time it takes off. In this episode, I'm sharing my #1 motivation tool so that you can keep making progress on your goals even if your excitement starts to fade.Links from today's episode:Jon's book FinishThe FREE 5-day Beyond Perfect ChallengeThe Finish CalendarRead the first chapter of Soundtracks hereFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

May 24

21 min 14 sec

Greg Mckeown joined me this week for a speical two-part episode to help answer the question "Do big goals have to be painfully difficult "to count?"Greg is a speaker, podcast host, and author of the recently released book, Effortless, and he doesn't think your most important goals have to be that difficult at all. In Part 2 of our discussion on how to make the essential things in your life the easiest things, we're picking up right where we left off bringing you more practical ways you can accomplish your goals with minimum stress and maximum value.Find out more about Greg and his new book, Effortless, at his website. Catch up with his podcast What's Essential.In this episode:Josh Shipp's 18 Books Every Teen Should Read Before They Turn 18Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

May 21

37 min 43 sec

Have you ever convinced yourself that to achieve a big goal, it has to be painfully difficult or it doesn’t count?There aren’t many people that take committing to the essential things in life more seriously than Greg McKeown. Maybe you’ve heard him on the What’s Essential podcast, read his book million-selling book Essentialism. He’s a fountain of wisdom, and in this special two-part episode, he’s sharing the secret to effortlessly accomplish the goals that are most important to you. Sound too good to be true? Listen in for this incredible conversation and stay tuned for part two!Find out more about Greg and his new book, Effortless, at his website. Catch up with his podcast What's Essential.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

May 17

36 min 15 sec

There are a limited number of universal truths in the world, but I think we can all agree on this: Nobody likes a boring graduation speech. That's why this week's podcast episode is my version of what I think all commencement speeches should be: practical, fun, and in list format. Whether you're a grad, know a grad, or even if you can't remember your college graduation because it was so long ago, tune in for the 10 things that no one ever tells you when you graduate college that will help you succeed in the real world.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

May 10

22 min 32 sec

Health and fitness goals are at the top of the list of difficult things to accomplish.It's not that losing weight, staying in shape, or shaving a few minutes off your mile time are difficult because there's a lack of information about how to do those things. They're difficult because of the abundance of shame that often creeps in when you start pursuing health-related goals. In this episode, I'll give you the 3 shame-free soundtracks that will help you accomplish all your difficult health goals and keep you moving forward until you've reached the finish line.Book mentioned in this episode:I Hate Running and You Can Too by Brendan LeonardFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

May 3

18 min 30 sec

When I say "positive thinking," what words come to mind?If it's words like "dumb," "fake," or "cheesy," you're in good company. I used to be a total hater too, but not anymore. A few years ago, I started noticing that leaders I really respected believed in positive thinking, and it was hard to argue with the results they were constantly producing in their life. So I began to investigate. In this week’s episode, I’m sharing how my experiments with positive thinking led me to create a New Anthem that changed my life, the lives of thousands of others, and how it can change yours too.Running Down a Dream by Tim GrahlFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Apr 26

20 min 33 sec

How do you say no to friends who want you to work for free without damaging the relationship?I doubt there’s an entrepreneur out there that hasn’t had to ask this question at some point. If you're a photographer, a designer, a developer, a writer, a personal trainer, a doctor, a mechanic, a hairstylist, a lawyer, an illustrator, a dog walker, or a billion other professions, friends are going to ask you to work for free. In this episode, I’m sharing four guilt-free soundtracks that will help you set boundaries and keep making money.From this episodeIf you don’t want to do the project, say this:In order to honor and fulfill the commitment I’ve made to my paying clients, I can’t take on any pro bono work. I love doing it when I can, but I don’t have the time.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Apr 19

18 min 2 sec

How much power does a positive mindset really have?Colleen Barry lost her job in the entertainment industry during the dot com bust in 2001. Her unexpected unemployment led her to take a job making pizzas in a wood-fired oven, doing freelance graphic design, and eventually becoming the “lobby barista” of a real estate agency. Today, she’s the CEO of the same company where she used to serve espresso to prospective clients. Listen to this week’s episode of All It Takes is a Goal to learn how choosing a positive mindset allowed her to climb the ladder and how you can use the same strategies she did to achieve your goals too.Books mentioned in this episode:There's No Such Thing As Luck by Colleen BarryStart by Jon AcuffThe Dip by Seth GodinLead with Luv by Ken Blanchard and Colleen BarrettMindset by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.Pema ChödrönEat That Frog by Brian TracyFollow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Apr 12

52 min 40 sec

How does a goal go from an idea in your head to something tangible you live out every day?Joseph Sojourner AKA Sojo is a rapper, public speaker, sneakerhead, and good friend of mine. Like a lot of people, Sojo was once just a small-town kid with big city dreams. So how did he go from Akron, Ohio to traveling the country, working on movie sets, and living out the dreams he’d had since middle school? Listen in to our discussion to learn what it takes to pursue authentic goals, take control of your story, and actually finish a goal.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Apr 5

48 min 54 sec

The last thing an overthinker needs is 800 new ideas about transforming overthinking. So in this episode, I simplified two years of research into three words. How? Well, I'll tell you exactly as I read you the entire Introduction and Chapter 1 of my brand new book Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking. Want to learn how to make your thoughts fight for you not against you? Listen to this week's episode and make sure you pre-order your copy of the book at soundtracksbook.com.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Mar 29

37 min 34 sec

Resilience is a popular word, especially in the midst of what we’ve faced in the last year. We all need it, but what does it actually mean? In this episode, I'm breaking down exactly what resilience is and how you can build it with the three soundtracks I use when overthinking starts to get in the way of progress.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Mar 22

22 min 18 sec

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that your memory is a liar. We tend to think our memory is telling us exactly what happened in the past but that’s never what it does. It adds details. It deletes details. It distorts details. Your memory is a real rascal, a word I’m trying to bring back. That’s the bad news. The good news is that your memory is malleable. You can hack it. In this episode I’ll share the two memory tricks elite athletes use to accomplish big goals.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Mar 15

24 min

John Lee Dumas is a goal machine. I took about a thousand notes during this fun interview and so will you. If you want an encouraging, practical story from someone who built a whole new life, brick by brick, this is the one for you.John's new book The Common Path to Uncommon Success is available for pre-order. You can also find out more at the Entrepreneurs on Fire website.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Mar 8

38 min 25 sec

When he was 21, Will Smith was going to move to Los Angeles. He was from West Philadelphia born and raised, on the playground was where he spent most of his days. (I just made you sing.) His manager, James Lassiter, told him, “Listen, if we’re going out to L.A., we probably should have a goal.” The transition from rapper to actor would not happen by accident and Lassiter knew if they went to LA without a goal that city would eat Will Smith alive. “I want to be the biggest movie star in the world,” Smith replied. That sentence in and of itself isn’t that unique. A thousand people riding buses from the Midwest out to Hollywood say that same thing every week.But what he did next radically changed his life and it’s a simple principle you can use to change your life, too. I call it, “Borrowing someone else’s diploma” and I’ll explain how to do it in this episode.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Mar 1

19 min

Want to change your mindset? Want to tweak your self talk? Want to become more mindful without going on a 90-day Jared Leto style silent retreat in Sedona? Listen to this episode. I’ll teach you three really simple techniques I learned while doing the research for my new book about overthinking.Join the free Overcoming Overthinking Challenge at www.Acuff.me/Challenge  Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Feb 22

21 min 6 sec

In the 1800s, sailors would stamp, “Here be dragons” on unexplored, dangerous sections of maps. It was meant to serve as a warning, but what if there aren’t as many dragons as you were told? What if it was time to launch that adventure you’ve been dreaming about? What if you could beat those dragons? This short, inspirational episode is going to make you want to run through a wall like the Kool Aid man. I promise.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Feb 15

10 min 37 sec

You’ve got an idea, but is it a best-selling idea? Whether it’s a side-hustle or starting your own business, I share the three circles to apply to your goal of creating something lots of people will love.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Referenced in this episode:Billy Ivey on Instagram. Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Feb 8

25 min 53 sec

When I asked Billy Ivey to be a guest on a show about goals, his wife asked him, “Is this like some kind of intervention?” That made me laugh and I promise you will too in this fun conversation with my very first writing mentor. We’ve been friends for 22 years, worked closely with the same billionaire and started our first blog together. Take a listen.You can keep up with Billy Ivey on Instagram or his Napkinisms website.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Feb 1

52 min

My favorite teachers always graded on a curve. They’d add bonus points to particularly difficult tests. What if you did the same thing with 2020 and 2021? Instead of beating yourself up about the most weirdo years we’ve had in a decade, what if you gave yourself a few bonus points? In this episode I’ll show you how I did it with one of my big goals.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jan 25

19 min 12 sec

Buckle up, this one’s a firehose. Here’s what’s inside this episode: 1. How to use the phrase “I’ve always wanted to” as an easy way to find a new goal. 2. How to turn your goal into a race you can win. 3. How to pick a goal out of all your different options. Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jan 18

23 min 19 sec

One of the few things that every goal has in common is that to accomplish it, you have to do terrifying things. You have to get outside the proverbial comfort zone. Here are the 5 steps I use and why they helped me recently with surfing legend Laird Hamilton.Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jan 11

26 min 44 sec

Jon Acuff didn’t write a book for the first 34 years of his life. He's written 7 in the last 11. What changed? Find out in this wicked short preview of Jon Acuff's new podcast, "All It Takes Is A Goal."Follow Jon on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.Order Soundtracks, Jon's newest book available wherever you find quality books!

Jan 1

2 min 42 sec