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Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success (Maxwell, John C.) Paperback – November 8, 2005
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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Maxwell is one of the greatest motivational writers. His books are a great way to learn or refresh one's mind of some great ideas to keep a person charged up.Published 23 days ago by tgh
What a comprehensive yet power packed resource empowering us to take daily steps towards success. My perspective towards today will truly never be the same.Published 1 month ago by Yonathan Chandra
Any book by John Maxwell is worth my time for personal development. This book does not disappoint.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
LOVE this book!! Reading John C Maxwell's books are like sitting and having a conversation with him. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jan Nappi
Fantastic book. Is a great help for those who truly are looking for a life of success and significance. John's style of writing is both insightful and inspirational.Published 4 months ago by Donald Gibson