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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.
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Published November 8th 2005 by Center Street
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Amy | Foxy Blogs
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
Wendy White
Dec 31, 2011 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
Nov 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: coaching
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
Jul 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Today Matters. It's a such a simple concept yet most of us tend to ignore it.

"I'll do it tomorrow" ... ring any bells?

Johny boy has put together a list 0f 12 simple yet powerful principles.
As with any book of this type, the 'principles' are all very common sensical. Yet there is something reaffirming and, dare I say it, empowering in reading them and if you're so inclined - taking notes.

It's a fucking horrible feeling when days blur into each other and if someone asked you about yesterday, la
Cindy Johnson
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love John Maxwell books! Inspirational! Educational! They make me happy!
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with practical and honest points that will help most become far more productive. WARNING for some people: This has a heavily religious slant, but, in Maxwell's defense (as if he needs that) it's done in a way that is ADDED as he sees it... NOT intertwined in his reasoning. (His religious notes are NOT like "do X solely because of biblical thought Y." it's much more like "do X because of reason Z and that's bolstered by biblical thought Y.")

This book gives valuable tips too on how to in
Jessi Payne
Oct 10, 2015 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.

Jessi Lohman

Paul Gustavson
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really great read,
Motivates one to consider ways to better utilize, focus on, and embrace the same 24 hours we all have.
May 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Audiobook. I listened to this one off and on as I was travelling for work and leadership training. Mr. Maxwell was a good narrator. The book itself was decent but nothing jaw-dropping. I do admit it may have suffered from the fact I've spent the past week and a half with similar messages being thrown at me in class almost non-stop at work. But I thought it was pretty good. There's a lot of focus on values and trust which resonates. Good for a car ride or a long walk, especially if you are trying ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Essentially. self-help books centre around "know thy self", this book is like that too but utilising Biblical principles. If you desire to change for the better, don't let fear hinder you: it's really never to late to start anew. ...more
Lanre Dahunsi
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
We often exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow and underestimate today.

Today is the only time you have. It’s too late for yesterday. And you can’t depend on tomorrow. That’s why today matters.

The 12 Daily Practices (Daily Dozen)

Attitude: Choose and display the right attitudes daily.
Priorities: Determine and act on important priorities daily.
Health: Know and follow healthy guidelines daily.
Family: Communicate with and care for my family daily.
Thinking: Practice and develop good thinking dai
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always can never go wrong with John Maxwell. definatly want to start applying the principals stated so that my tomorrow can be better.
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 17, 2014 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
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
Holly Buxton
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short read is packed with timeless truths in how daily discipline can have lifelong benefits.

The book is a sort of reflection of the life of John Maxwell. The 12 disciplines Maxwell has lived by in his life are both inspiring and challenging. This books presents his life disciplines in an engaging narrative as Maxwell gave personal examples of how the disciplines have shaped his life over the long haul of decades lived.
Jun 09, 2014 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.

Emmanuel Ayeni
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nice audiobook. This is a book worth reading again and again.

It was an interesting and impactful read a detailed review will be a good step from here
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 29, 2021 rated it liked it
I have never bee super impressed with John Maxwell’s books. But I think I liked this one better than others. I collected plenty of great quotes from this book:

Unbelief puts our circumstances between us and God. Faith puts God between us and our circumstances.

What We do for ourselves stays with us, but what we do for other people’s lives on forever.

Faith allows the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see
Faith is trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse. Philip yancy

There’s alway
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I loved this book! So light, yet inspirational :)
Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Most people want to avoid pain, and discipline is often painful. But we need to recognize that there are really two kinds of pain when it comes to our daily conduct. There`s the pain of self-discipline, and the pain of regret. Many people avoid the pain of self-discipline because it`s the easy thing to do. “

“To know the value of one year ask the student who failed the final exam; to know the value of one month
Ross Heinricy
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Over the course of a book John Maxwell will find a way to challenge you and offer you opportunities to better yourself. Out of the 14 chapters 3 really stood out from the rest for me. Chapter 10 was good as it spoke on the subject "Todays faith gives me peace" and the story of Rick Husband on pages 211 and 212 was inspirational. Chapter 14 is "Todays growth gives me potential". I have some big dreams still to fulfill, and this chapter was by far the best encouragement for me that I am on the rig ...more
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had read part of this book before, but felt like I could use a refresher on a few of the twelve daily practices to start off this New Year. There are several really good aspects of this book - it’s accessible, to the point, and provides good questions to ask yourself in each of the critical 12 areas. Naturally there is some cross over among these areas, but each is worthy of some introspection from time to time. Downsides to the book, at least for me, are the endless quotes by various people, ...more
Steve Jeong
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Today Matters by John C. Maxwell features various important information to live a successful life. The book teaches us about financial management, how to improve today, and how success does not come from a day of hard work. It's hard to be successful and consistent, and if you're a person who asks yourself, "how can I improve and be successful?" Then this book is just right for you. One of the importance of living a successful life that I've learned about this book is that success does not happe ...more
Kim Park
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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On any given day, this is not the type of book that I would pick up and buy. Being schooled in a private girl's school, I think, has made me shy away from the preachy kind of books that tells you what you should and should not do.

Surprisingly though, this book held my interest from the very beginning. I guess it answered a few questions that has been nagging at me since last Monday.

John Maxwell, through this book made me question my view of success in relation to money, fame, hardwork, etc. He
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Maxwell always has some good pointers for how to improve your life. I liked how he breaks it down into small, bite-size pieces of advice that help you focus on what is actually important to you. The focus on the small changes made today leading to big picture changes over time is something I think we can all be reminded of. I also enjoy how he adds stories as an example for each of his topics. It helps illustrate his points and makes the book so much more interesting and relatable, and less ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
John C. Maxwell never leaves his readers disappointed. Today Matters is yet another masterpiece that helps the reader find purpose and direction.

The chapters are well planned and each flows easily into the other making it easy gor readers to keep pace and mental concentration easily.

The book is filled with actionable insights that can change ones mindset for good. Whether you are already at the top of life or seeking to just begin, Today Matters is a great guide to keep your focused on what tr
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John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 16 million books. His organizations have trained more than 2 million leaders worldwide. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and INJOY Stewardship Services. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and audiences as diverse as the United States Military Ac ...more

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