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  • Series: Maxwell, John C.
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (November 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931722528
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931722520
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maxwell has written more than 30 books and has had a long career in public speaking, first as a pastor and then as a conference and seminar leader, helping people maximize their potential. He says that most of us spend far too much time exaggerating our past successes and failures and overestimating tomorrow, assuming things will get better without creating a strategy for making it better. That's why he says that today is the only day that really matters, for today determines the successes of tomorrow. It all boils down to making good decisions, but determining what decisions to make is not always easy, so Maxwell has narrowed down the critical areas of success to 12 of what he calls the "Daily Dozen." They include such things as maintaining a positive attitude, sticking to priorities, following healthy guidelines, investing in good relationships, and managing finances. He has a chapter devoted to each discipline, with a short worksheet at the end to encourage you and assist you in your personal daily growth. David Siegfried
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About the Author

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Often called America's #1 leadership authority, Maxwell was Identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. And he has been voted the top leadership professional six years in a row on LeadershipGurus.net. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 180 countries. Each year Maxwell speaks to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders. He can be followed at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell. For more information about him visit JohnMaxwell.com.

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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader. You can find him at JohnMaxwell.com and follow him at Twitter.com/JohnCMaxwell.

Customer Reviews

Very easy to read with inspiring stories.
Dave Johnson
Any person who is looking to grow in any area of life will be challenged, inspired and motivated to make some today changes.
Kerry Friestad
I chose to read this book a chapter per day.
Joshua A. Hockaday

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135 of 136 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Can you expect to win a gold medal in the Olympics if you start preparing the day of the try outs for your country's team? Probably not.
In the same way, each of us needs to develop ourselves spiritually, psychologically, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially if we want to accomplish more in the future. Many books take one aspect of life and suggest daily activities to strengthen that part of one's life. Dr. John C. Maxwell has taken that important idea further in this book and suggested what you need to do each day in 12 different areas.
The 12 areas are:
Choose and display the right attitude
Determine and act on important priorities
Know and follow healthy guidelines
Communicate with and care for your family
Practice and develop good thinking
Make and keep proper commitments
Make and properly manage your money
Deepen and live out your spiritual faith
Initiate and invest in solid personal relationships
Plan for and model being generosity
Embrace and practice good values
Seek out and embrace personal improvements.
Each section comes with negative and positive examples so you understand the point Dr. Maxwell is trying to make. I often found the negative examples to be more instructive than the positive ones. I don't want to be like those people!
At the end of each section are a series of questions to help you make the decisions and take the actions you need to do to accomplish what you want to in life. So, you're not modeling on what Dr. Maxwell does specifically . . . but rather turning a spotlight into areas he's found to be valuable in his own, very successful life.
I often marvel at how much Dr. Maxwell accomplishes. He writes lots of books. He gives many speeches.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Rick S. on September 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Today Matters" may be the most effective and practical John Maxwell book for personal development to date. Taken together with his recent work "Thinking for a Change," this is a poignant manual for managing the decisions of life.

The central theme in "Today Matters" is making and then managing the core decisions that define who we are. He has done an excellent job of partitioning the major practical themes of life in to 12 major categories. You could probably add to the list if you really wanted to, but the set he offers are sufficient to capture 90+ percent of the essential themes in life. Personally, I was stricken by how important each of them is to determining the course our lives travel. In my own reflections while reading this book, I could see how my decisions, or indecision, in each of these areas has shaped my life.

This book is an excellent microscope for self-examination. But more than that, it is an excellent instruction guide to aide the reader in making these critical decisions. There are practical exercises that conclude each chapter that tie up each topic. Fortunately, Maxwell does not try to tell the reader what these decisions should be. Rather he leads the reader to pursue individual answers.

If a person were to implement the tools from "Thinking for a Change" with the process from "Today Matters" they would have a blueprint, irrespective of their personal or professional goals, for making the most of their lives. Maxwell presents universal concepts that will aid in the ultimate pursuit of a life well lived.

As an aside: I have read a lot of Maxwell, enjoy most of it, learned something from all of it. However, I find that his books have tended to overlap, sometimes a lot!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Sanchez VINE VOICE on April 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is inspiring. The author explains twelve principles that he believes will improve every aspect of the reader's daily life if he or she commits to working on those principles each and every day. Of course, some of the ideas are not new - they have been included in self-help books for years. The difference in this book is that Maxwell makes it easy to understand how to implement each principle in the reader's life. It's one thing to read a self-help book and another to follow its guidance.

Maxwell uses inspirational stories, quotes, and his own personal experiences to share his joy for today and to explain how we can become our best. He also poses some questions at the end of each chapter and provides space to allow the reader to think about their life now and ways they can improve it. One chapter is fairly religious (as should be expected, given that Maxwell is prominent Christian leader), but I enjoyed it because I share his same beliefs. All in all, this is a quick read that deserves to be read more than once. It is a great book and I am going to try to read it (or at least parts of it) once a year to keep me focused on my goals and my attitude positive.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven K. Szmutko VINE VOICE on September 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
TODAY MATTERS is a fine book by John C. Maxwell, best-selling author of "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership." A noted expert in leadership and ethics, he has written an engaging blueprint to maximize our day, while developing lives of purpose and meaning.

Maxwell offers a holistic and spiritual focus, touching on the integration of body, mind and spirit. In his "12 Practices," he examines attitudes, priorities, health, family, thinking, commitment, finances, faith, relationship, generosity, values, and growth. I particularly enjoyed the reflections and exercises at the end of each chapter. The material is both timeless and fresh; often, the author presents what we already knew, but need to remember.

I have embraced many of Maxwell's suggestions. In doing so, I have improved myself concerning organization, persistence and determination, while achieving a greater sense of inner peace. The structure of the book allows for both thorough reading as well as selective exploration of those areas in which the reader recognizes the need for improvement.
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