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Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success

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Most of us look at our days in the wrong way: We exaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. The truth is that the most important day you will ever experience is today. Today is the key to your success. Maxwell offers 12 decisions and disciplines-he calls it his daily dozen-that can be learned and mastered by any person to achieve success.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published November 8th 2005 by Center Street (first published May 1st 2004)
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Amy (Foxy)
Every once, in awhile, I to go to my first love in reading; non-fiction. I really enjoy John C. Maxwell because he’s a motivational speaker who uses Christian values to share his thoughts on different subjects. His book, Today Matters, can be used by any faith system. Don’t let the word “Christian” hold you up from reading this book because it’s not a bunch of ideas set to scripture.

TODAY MATTERS and there are 12 principles to put into practice.

Attitude: Choose and display the right attitude d
Wendy White
Feb 10, 2012 Wendy White rated it it was amazing
I can't stand the feeling of one day blurring into another, of weeks where you just don't feel anything had changed or improved. As I age I'm becoming more aware of my limited time - if I died tomorrow, would I look back on what I've done in the last ten years and say "Yep - that sure was worth the effort?" Or would I wonder why I spent so much time worrying about unimportant things, wasting energy on unimportant things, and not doing the stuff that I really cared about?

This is probably the best
Dec 17, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
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The writer admits early on in the book that he hoards snippets and it shows. Most of this book is a restatement of his central theme using different quotes and stories. Based around his "daily dozen," Maxwell urges that "The way you live your life today is preparing you for your tomorrow."

Each chapter is dedicated to a different focus. Maxwell explains how your decisions impact your life and gives suggestions on how to carefully craft your actions in the present to create your future. For exampl
Florence Millo
May 16, 2012 Florence Millo rated it it was amazing
This is without a doubt my all time favorite motivational book. Every chapter in it is full of inspiration toward leading a full and rewarding life. I've read it at least 10 times and every time I am inspired and uplifted. I'm just going to list the 12 chapter titles to give you the book in a nutshell or rather 12 nutshells.

1. Today's attirude gives me possibilities.
2. Today's priorities give me focus.
3. Today's health gives me strength.
4. Today's family gives me stability.
5. Today's thinki
Cindy Johnson
Jun 18, 2012 Cindy Johnson rated it it was amazing
I love John Maxwell books! Inspirational! Educational! They make me happy!
Dec 03, 2015 Jessi rated it it was amazing
I read this book as part of a leadership class. The findings and information were developmental and beneficial. Naturally, I needed to read more of John Maxwell's books.

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Sep 01, 2012 Paul Gustavson rated it it was amazing
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May 06, 2016 Meredith rated it it was amazing
This book was FAB-U-LOUS! I wish I could rate this higher, because this book was literally one of the best I've ever read. As a person who seeks to live intentionally and constantly better myself, I found Maxwell's 12 daily disciplines highly practical and attainable. And I really appreciated the approach to this book. While Maxwell is a Christian and certainly shaped each point through a Christian worldview, this wasn't just another fluffy-devotional-spiritual-growth-book.

To me, Maxwell provid
It is always good to read a John Maxwell book! In this book, Maxwell lays out 12 things you can do every day to grow yourself. He give good examples of how he has implemented these practices in his own life. The good news is you don't have to start doing them all on day one to get value from them. You take few at a time and work on them until you are ready to move on to others. Once you have one practice down, you start using it. Overall a good approach and set of practices to provide success in ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Tony rated it liked it
Not too bad. There were a couple of good nuggets. In fact, I'll have my 10 year old son review chapters 1-3 (attitude, positive thinking, priorities). I did find, however, this books was a collection of John Maxwell's anecdotes ("When I was 22...") and powerful quotes from big thinkers. There wasn't much science or weight behind his approach. I enjoy books that refer to numbers or studies rather than one person's personal view of the world. While his view is fantastic and he's obviously successf ...more
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Lauren Head
Mar 10, 2015 Lauren Head rated it really liked it
I have read several of John C. Maxwell's books through the program at work. I have also seen him speak at two different Leadercast seminars. With each book read for BetterBookClub and each seminar attended I have learned so much! He writes books in a simple and mater-of-fact tone that translates very well to all readers. In this book he focuses on simple formulas that the reader needs to keep in mind: Good Decisions - Daily Discipline = A Plan without a Payoff (this is like go ...more
Henri Hämäläinen
Dec 16, 2014 Henri Hämäläinen rated it really liked it
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Book Review: Today Matters by John C. Maxwell
Once in a while I like to read self help books. Today Matters by John C. Maxwell was highly recommended book by many. The full name of the book actually adds to the Today Matters a second title, 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow's Success, which actually tells quite much about the book.

Book explains a simple way to succeed tomorrow - make every day count. The whole idea of the book is to understand to concentrate to today. Make the ri
Diana (Bever) Barber
I debated between liking this and REALLY liking this book. This is a good book and I highly recommend reading it. Today really does matter. We should focus on the priorities, abilities, and options that are open to us now. We MUST live today because we live IN today NOW. Of course, there are things that we can do today to make tomorrow even better when it becomes the Today that really matters. So, tomorrow matters, too, but we're not living tomorrow today. It isn't here yet, so we shouldn't be b ...more
Don Weidinger
Oct 16, 2013 Don Weidinger rated it it was amazing
what is success, deliver the goods, Wooden when opportunity comes its too late to prepare, secret is your daily agenda, decisions and discipline, Ghandi be the change you want to see in the world, Freud with poor attitude often depressed and cocaine he chose his discontent, focus facts vs feelings, polluters and purifiers, no one can make another person happy, Wooden things turn out best for those who choose to make the best of how things turn out, negativity of groups/mobs, excellence is doing ...more
Chris Burd
Overall I enjoyed this book, and there are a few tips that I picked up that I'd like to incorporate into my daily practices. I was particularly struck by the simple idea of outlining your values in a tangible way - on paper where you will see it often - and evaluating decisions based on those values.

I was looking forward to the chapter on Faith. While I knew that Mr. Maxwell was a Christian preacher, I enjoyed his perspective and expected the section regarding faith to be broad and encompassing.
Sep 27, 2015 Luca rated it it was amazing
A very good book, lots of very good and essential insights in the search for a better self. Love the style of the author, very easy to read, understandable, lots of stories and examples presented to support the key points. The structure of the 12 practices is also the table of contents of the book. You always know where you are and what you reading and learning. It is up to the reader to really make today matter. I would definitely recommend this book, wish I had discovered it earlier.
Jane Night
Dec 28, 2013 Jane Night rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to anyone. This book had really great advice much of which I took to heart about how to have a better life. I have actually decided to implement some of his practices. One of the pearls of wisdom he offers is to only work on one weakness at a time. I think this is super important. You are setting yourself up for failure if you try to work on too many weaknesses at once.

I also loved his truths about how different ages are for different things. I am just entering my th
Aug 06, 2014 Noah rated it it was amazing
this book was very inspirational and gave me good advice to use throughout my life. What i liked most about the book was the way the author communicated with the reader by giving examples that he experienced throughout his life. it was a very good read and i look forward to using the skills this book taught me and incorporating them into my daily life
Jun 09, 2014 Phoenix24k rated it really liked it
"Money doesn't change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish or arrogant or greedy, the money brings that out, that's all.” - Henry Ford

Sacrifice now, for more options later, money may not bring happiness but it does bring options.

This book is about having value, prioritizing, and practicing them. Really enjoyed this book.

Mar 20, 2016 Dmytro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this book the author talks about the 12 cornerstones of a successful life such as:

- Choosing to have a positive attitude every day
- Constantly revisiting your priorities and spending time on things that are most important
- Putting a high emphasis on health which gives you more energy in the long run
- Making family top priority
Jacquelyn Bushnell
Dec 23, 2014 Jacquelyn Bushnell rated it really liked it
Practical practices (hey, say that 12 times) that everyone would be better off practicing daily. I went through this book with a group of women in a Mastermind group and was very encouraged walking through this book. I would encourage people to read this book with others and have a discussion about what you're reading!
Mehran Ne
Oct 11, 2015 Mehran Ne rated it it was amazing
One of the best books in my library and I benefitted a lot from reading it. I loved John's honesty in admitting several areas where he himself failed to perform. In essence, any success in life can not be achieved without a combination of Decision (Goal Setting) and Discipline (Goal Getting).
Yulia Julia
Feb 04, 2014 Yulia Julia rated it really liked it
Great book about your every day planning and activities with useful life examples. Very true that your success and happiness depends on how you spend every single day of your life, how you act, what do you feel, what do you think and how you accept and challenges and improving yourself as personality.
May 24, 2016 Sean rated it it was amazing
Great book to read! It focuses in how to make the best use of today because we tend to underestimate the importance of today by making just a few crucial decisions about the 12 Daily Practices that John Maxwell recommends, and then managing those decisions daily.
Uzo Okoye
Mar 12, 2016 Uzo Okoye rated it it was amazing
This is one book that revolutionised the way I approach each day. It's helped me daily to
forget what lies behind and strain forward to what lies ahead. One of the best self help books out in the market. Thanks John.
Nov 22, 2015 Mitesh rated it really liked it
This book centered me through 12 simple but hard-to-implement rules
1. Attitude
2. Priorities
3. Family
4. Health
5. Finances
6. Commitment
7. Faith
8. Growth
9. Relationships
10. Giving
11. Thinking
12. Values

Derek Harvey
Nov 04, 2015 Derek Harvey rated it it was amazing
This book is a great challenge to everyday living. Live on purpose. And read this slowly. Don't rush. Implement the daily disciplines and watch your life improve and change others around you.
Apr 13, 2015 Isabel rated it it was amazing
Wrote tons of notes in the margin - I found the book inspirational and filled with great ideas. Overwhelming at times but highly recommend to those who seek daily clarity in a fast moving world.
Andrew T. Carr
Feb 28, 2013 Andrew T. Carr rated it it was amazing
I am a lifelong fan of John C. Maxwell first of all. Today Matters has been sitting on my bookshelf for about 2 years and I finally got a chance to go through it yesterday. It has extremely useful tips which can be applied instantly. Today Matters was written for me.
I have had the privilege of late to become a source of motivation and inspiration for a few people and I often tell them that every now and then the motivator needs to be motivated. Yesterday was one of those days for me and John's
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“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” 3 likes
“Just for Today . . . Just for today . . . I will choose and display the right attitudes. Just for today . . . I will determine and act on important priorities. Just for today . . . I will know and follow healthy guidelines. Just for today . . . I will communicate with and care for my family. Just for today . . . I will practice and develop good thinking. Just for today . . . I will make and keep proper commitments. Just for today . . . I will earn and properly manage finances. Just for today . . . I will deepen and live out my faith. Just for today . . . I will initiate and invest in solid relationships. Just for today . . . I will plan for and model generosity. Just for today . . . I will embrace and practice good values. Just for today . . . I will seek and experience improvements.     Just for today . . . I will act on these decisions and practice these disciplines, and Then one day . . . I will see the compounding results of a day lived well.” 1 likes
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