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Today matters : 12 daily practices to guarantee tomorrow's success
Maxwell, John C., 1947-
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New York : Warner Faith, [2004]

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viii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
Today often falls to pieces : what is the missing piece? -- Today can become a masterpiece -- Today's attitude gives me possibilities -- Today's values give me direction -- Today's family gives me stability -- Today's health gives me strength -- Today's priorities give me focus -- Today's thinking gives me an advantage -- Today's commitment gives me tenacity -- Today's relationships give me fulfillment -- Today's finances give me options -- Today's faith gives me peace -- Today's growth gives me potential -- Today's generosity gives me significance -- Making today matter.
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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.

Author Notes

John Calvin Maxwell an author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. He received a bachelor's degree at Ohio Christian University in 1969, a Master of Divinity degree at Azusa Pacific University, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.

Maxwell's titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow, There's No Such Thing as Business Ethics (There's Only ONE RULE for Making Decisions), The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, The 360° Leader and numerous others. His books have sold millions of copies, with some like The Five Levels of Leadership making the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

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 Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Maxwell (The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership) serves up his usual dose of uplifting advice. This book's message is broader than some of his earlier business tomes, in that he uses his marriage, work experience and anecdotes from people such as basketball coach John Wooden, businessman Armand Hammer and actor Christopher Reeve to explore his theme of the importance of making sound decisions on a daily basis. Too many people dwell on what happened yesterday, according to Maxwell, who believes that, instead, people can maximize what they accomplish every day by focusing on a dozen key areas including family, finances, faith, values and growth. By having clear priorities in each of these areas, Maxwell says that people will actually have fewer decisions to make because their vision will be so clear. Maxwell's tone is straightforward and his advice is sound, if obvious. For example, he offers a list of negative phrases ("Maybe, I'm afraid, I don't believe ) that he thinks should be eliminated from one's vocabulary. As expected from this pastor, he also stresses religious faith and the importance of families. Readers hoping for creative and original advice in solving their problems are likely to be disappointed, but others may still find the book's message uplifting, especially amid today's corporate scandal and concern with declining ethical values. Agent, Sealy Yates. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Just for Today ...p. xi
1. Today Often Falls to Pieces--What Is the Missing Piece?p. 1
2. Today Can Become a Masterpiecep. 18
3. Today's ATTITUDE Gives Me Possibilitiesp. 39
4. Today's PRIORITIES Give Me Focusp. 62
5. Today's HEALTH Gives Me Strengthp. 83
6. Today's FAMILY Gives Me Stabilityp. 105
7. Today's THINKING Gives Me an Advantagep. 128
8. Today's COMMITMENT Gives Me Tenacityp. 152
9. Today's FINANCES Give Me Optionsp. 176
10. Today's FAITH Gives Me Peacep. 197
11. Today's RELATIONSHIPS Give Me Fulfillmentp. 217
12. Today's GENEROSITY Gives Me Significancep. 239
13. Today's VALUES Give Me Directionp. 259
14. Today's GROWTH Gives Me Potentialp. 278
Conclusion: Making Today Matterp. 300
Notesp. 303