Today Matters by John Maxwell – #BookReview

today mattersIf you were to come into my office, you would find several small stacks of books on my desk. These are the books that are ‘on deck’ waiting to be read. I believe firmly in the axiom that leaders must be readers. Therefore, reading is a part of my regular monthly regimen to help me to grow as a leader. I have just finished reading the book Today Matters by John Maxwell. As its byline reads, this book contains “12 daily practices to guarantee tomorrow’s success.” Here are some of the quotes from this book that most impacted me. I encourage you to pick it up and give it a read!

Today Matters:

“M. Scott Peck opened his best-selling book The Road Less Traveled with the words “Life is difficult.” He went on to say, “Most do not fully see this truth that life is difficult. Instead they moan more or less incessantly… about the enormity of their problems, their burdens, and their difficulties as if life were generally easy, as if life should be easy.”

“Events are great places for receiving inspiration and encouragement. They often prompt us to make important decisions to change. And they can even provide knowledge and tools to get us started. However, real, sustainable change doesn’t happen in a moment. It’s a process.”

“I believe there are two ingredients necessary to make every day a masterpiece: decisions and discipline… Decisions help us start. Discipline helps us finish.”

“Each of us must take responsibility for our own attitude. If you want today to be a good day, you need to take charge of the way you look at it.”

“Do work you enjoy. One of the greatest causes of debilitating stress in people’s lives in doing jobs they don’t enjoy.”

“Strong, healthy families encourage people to make constructive choices, to develop positive disciplines, and to pay the price today for success tomorrow.”

“Success means having those closest to me love and respect me the most.”

“What were you born to do? What do you think your future holds? Do you believe you have a purpose or a destiny? If so, will you fulfill it? To become the person you have the potential to be, you will need great tenacity. That quality comes from commitment.”

“The Law of Significance states, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness.” All the significant accomplishments in the history of humankind have been achieved by teams of people.”

“Place a high value on people. Expect the best from everyone. Assume people’s motives are good unless they prove them to be otherwise. Value them by their best moments. And give them your friendship rather than asking for yours.”

“Why should we be generous? Giving turns your focus outward… Giving adds value to others. The greater your giving, the greater you’re living… Giving helps the giver… Greatness is not defined by what a person receives, but by what that person gives.”

“Go out of your way to find reasons to give. Look for a compelling cause. Find an urgent need. Look for a group that is making an impact. Seek out leaders you know and believe in. Give to organizations you respect and trust.”

“When you place a premium on growth, you take whatever talent you have and increase it… Make it your goal to grow in some way every day… Earl Nightengale said, “If a person will spend one hour a day on the same subject for five years, that person will be an expert on that subject.” I listen to audio lessons every week. I read two books every month. And I set an appointment every month… to listen to and learn from others.”


About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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