If you take a look at successful people, you’ll find that they seem to go seamless with their tasks each and every day. They seem to have it all together from the moment they wake up down to their bedtime. Why is that? It’s because they have made the decision early on in their day and stick with it. Taking the core of Dr. John Maxwell’s book, Today Matters, you need to create a decision once then manage it daily. Every day is important. You have to have a clear mind on how to go about it.
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I, once again, got hit over the head with a two-by-four when I pulled a book off my shelf that I had read in 2005 and again in 2012. I have to say I have forgotten about this book, Today Matters by Dr. John Maxwell. I haven’t forgotten about the book, but sometimes I get to where I know it so well that I no longer need it. As usual, I get hit in the gut or punched in the face when I open a book, check out the pages that I dog-eared are earmarked, then start beating on myself for not following through with commitments I made to myself years ago in either notes I wrote in the column or what have you.
I’m going to hit a little bit of this book because this book is ten times more relevant now than when I read it in 2005 and even 2012. Business and life are so much faster than five years ago. Business now is at lightning speed because of technology, how we communicate, and even what we communicate. I wish there was a way I could get a hold of Dr. John Maxwell and have him resurrect this book and maybe even make a documentary of it. It is so impactful and powerful. He finds a way to weave in psychology and tactic in a way that I have not seen maybe since The Psychology of Selling.
This episode is sponsored by Digital Footprint. We have a special guest coming in to speak, Ryan Moran. Ryan has mentored part of our company for some time, through his employees and his friends. Ryan is a business stud and an Amazon expert. He has so many skills. He’s a great communicator and leader. He has a huge following both in podcast form and in his physical events in Freedom Fast Lane, now Capitalism. You can find some of Ryan at Capitalism.com.
We had the blessing of having Ryan in our home mentoring about 60 people a couple of years ago. What an impactful couple of days we had with Ryan. Ryan is going to come in and talk for an hour on how exactly he built a business that he ended up selling a couple short years later for nearly eight figures. He did well. He was not an overnight wonder, he had some challenges and ups and downs. The insight that we’re going to be able to learn at the feed of Ryan, in a very intimate setting, is going to be amazing.
I saw a sign one time that said, “The 57 rules of success. Rule number one, deliver the goods. Rule number two, the other 56 don’t matter.” What does that mean? It means do what you say. If you say you’re going to deliver something, deliver it. We have many digital distractions like Skype, email, GoToMeeting, podcasts, regular meetings. There are twenty different ways to get a hold of people. How do we stay focused on a resolution?
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First of all, when do we have the time to stop our life-long enough to breathe in the peace and quiet and make a resolution? Do you over exaggerate yesterday, overestimate tomorrow, and underestimate today? I certainly do every day. There is a book out there by Dr. John Maxwell called Today Matters. Dr. John Maxwell has more shelf space in Barnes & Noble than any author in any category in history. He is one of the most successful authors walking. He wrote Today Matters in 2014. The point was, what can you get done in a day? What can you get done if you had an extra half an hour? Is it that important to stop or stay late a half an hour or get there earlier, take fifteen minutes.
I’m going to give you the underlying premise and it is the core of the book. There are twelve supporting mechanisms that go into holding this single point up and how he recommend we do it. Here’s the point, make the decision once, then manage it daily. Successful people make a proper decision early, in the morning or maybe two in the morning on a Sunday. At some point when people are right and clear thinking, they make a right decision. They make a single decision that they know if they hold true, it is going to propel them forward. Successful people make that right proper decision one time and then they manage all of the daily decisions according to the one major decision.
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Here’s the question, can you make the decision once and then manage that decision every single day until your goal is met? Normally, I talk over books and over people’s opinions and how they do things. I add my nuggets in my inputs. I can’t do that for this case because after 30, 40 pages in this book, I’m kicking myself for not reading it once a year like some of the other books. I’m not going to over talk John Maxwell on the twelve different ways he helps people make a proper decision first and then manage that decision every single day until the goal of the decision is met. Folks, go to Amazon or Audible and get Today Matters and go start to finish until it’s done.
- Today Matters
- The Psychology of Selling
- Digital Footprint
- Ryan Moran
- Amazon – The Psychology of Selling
- Audible – The Psychology of Selling