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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Warner Faith (1 Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446577995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446577991
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jun 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Smiles on 14 Aug 2010
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Today Matters is indeed one of those books that truly matters. This book was mentioned causally by an instructor at a course I attended he called it the book that changed his life, I call it the book that started mine. The title says everything 'Today Matters' and John Maxwell a gifted communicator lays out the reasons why.

A simple, easy to read practical book, I would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coopsodat on 8 Feb 2011
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Great book with excellant information on how to make the most of your life. A must read if you wnat to change or just simple want better quality of life.
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Daily Disciplines to Keep You on the Path to Success 6 May 2004
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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. He trains enormous numbers of leaders. He inspires millions more. For a long time, I've wondered what the discipline was like that he uses. Now that I have read this book, I know. And I'm very impressed. This is a level of self-discipline and focus that I had never considered before.
Mid-way through the book, I found myself becoming intimidated by all that needs to be done . . . and began to despair if I was up to the challenge. It was with a great sense of relief that I found this problem addressed in the conclusion to the book. Rather than attacking the whole Mount Everest of opportunity for daily self-discipline all at once, he suggests starting with two areas where you are doing well and one where you are not. Then, switch focus as you get one of the areas you have been working on where you want to get it. I think that's a reasonable plan, and only wish he had suggested that approach in the beginning of the book.
Personally, the book would have worked better for me if I had read it in this order: faith, values, attitude, thinking, growth, health, family, relationships, commitment, generosity, finances and priorities. I suspect that the right order for you will be different from either Dr. Maxwell's or mine. The book is modular enough that you can reorder your reading of the chapters after the first two to provide a focus that fits with the way you like to organize your thinking and actions. I encourage you to do so.
Although this book will make a tremendous difference in your life, it will make even more difference if you share and discuss it with those you love and care about. So be generous in sharing this remarkable volume.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Good Practical Material to Effect Change in the Reader 17 Sep 2004
By Rick S. - Published on Amazon.com
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! For example, when I read "Developing the Leader Within You" there were times when I felt like I was re-reading "The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership". His last two books seem to mark a decisive change for the better. I really enjoyed the way the two books dovetail together in a very complimentary fashion rather than overlapping and becoming redundant.

Kudos to Maxwell on continuing to improve his craft. This strikes me as someone who is living out the example he is teaching. That is "do as I do, not just as I say".
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Every Moment Counts. 29 Sep 2005
By Steven K. Szmutko - Published on Amazon.com
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.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Today Really Does Matter! 8 April 2006
By Jerry Sanchez - Published on Amazon.com
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.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Just when I thought he had covered it all 21 July 2004
By D. E. Hegedus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I enjoy reading and trying to improve. I especially enjoy John Maxwell because he, like no other man of today, has helped me to think. Yes, I know we all think, but Dr. Maxwell has given me insights that never crossed my mind and really taught me how to THINK! I have learned about leadership, relationships, and now, with this book, building blocks for tomorrow. My only regret it that I didn't have this book forty years ago, when I was going into college. I honestly thought he had covered all the bases of life, but this book is, perhaps, his best book yet. It definitely is something we can all use. It is the perfect gift for the graduate, or even newlyweds. The lessons taught in this book are a MUST READ for everyone. Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life" helped us discover what life is all about. John Maxwell teaches us how to discipline those purposes into our lives and make each day our "masterpiece". DON'T MISS THIS BOOK!!!
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