One of my mentors John C. Maxwell said in his book "Today Matters" that you must strive to make each and everyday a masterpiece.
Each day is made up of Choices, Chances and Changes....what we do affects how are day is going.
Why make each day a Masterpiece?
People are depending on you....
I find it funny at times that people complain about how terrible their kids are, or the bad habits their kids have....yet when they realize that kids get their influence from the parents....
As a parent I believe that you need to work harder on yourself, than any other thing....
You need a Game plan for life...
because the more you fill your mind, the more it spills over to your Faith, Family, Friends, Fitness, and your Fiances.
Sometimes this is really hard...because Life can get in the way. And not everything goes to plan.
But small improvements daily lead to bigger improvements in the long run.
I have been a full time dad since my kids were born, I walked away from a promising corporate career and tapped into my entrepreneurial roots because I wanted to break free and be present in my families lives. I realized to do this, I can't be lazy...but I also need to be realistic.
I ran into many slumps along the way, but I always focused on the end goal....and sometimes I needed a little motivation to keep me going.
Nothing keeps you motivated when you realize how much your children depend on you....both emotionally and physically.
today is my son's 8th birthday and we are lucky that he is here...he was born 2 months premature, and for the first few months of his life...I was really scared, and it taught me something about the power of love.
Failure is not an option....
What I realized is that we sometimes need to break free from our past....we get caught up in our previous experiences and the results that they have produced...and it seizes are ability to keep moving forward.
Each day is an opportunity to make a new choice or decision that can alter your current course of direction....
If you want to get into shape....do something about it today...not tomorrow...and don't worry about what happened yesterday.
All you have is today...and that's why its important to make it a masterpiece.
Decisions are like muscles...the more you make the stronger they get.
here's the thing I know.....Your a product of your past, but you don't need to be a prisoner to it. Forgive yourself, your past and move on.
We live day to day in the present....we can't completely control the future, and we certainly can't change the past. We must live in the present and make each day a masterpiece.
It wasn't until I heard this piercing question that it really got me thinking.
Is your daily behavior preparing you for success or for failure?
That is a Question that stood out to me in John C. Maxwell's book "Today Matters"
Chapter two of Maxwell's book "Today Matters" continues the introductory material, before the central section.
Despite the fact that I have read it before I still found myself getting goosebumps as I reread Maxwell's motivation for the practices he describes (although I doubt that my summary will have anything like the same impact!).
The chapter is entitled "Today Can Become a Masterpiece".
He opens with some penetrating questions:
"How would you describe your life?
Are you achieving what you desire?
Are you accomplishing the things that are important to you?
Do you consider yourself a success?
How do your prospects look for the future?".
Maxwell states that he can spend just one day with a person and be able to tell whether they will be successful or not.
His reasoning comes back to the central message of the book: settling several critical issues for your life and then managing them on a daily basis lays the foundation for your success (or lack of it).
"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily...
Every day of your life is merely preparation for the next".
Here are Some of the Aspects that He Suggests...
1) You Are Preparing For Something
Is your daily behavior preparing you for success or for failure?
He quotes his father as saying "You can pay now and play later, or you can play now and pay later. But either way, you are going to pay".
As a practical example he cites his own habit of collecting and indexing quotes, stories, etc. that he can use in his workshops and books.
As he says, this is not a fun activity, but the wealth of material that he has amassed since he started the practice in the 1960's has given him a treasure trove for his speaking and writing (1200 files worth!).
2) Preparation Today Gives Confidence Tomorrow Here John C. Maxwell uses the analogy of preparing for an exam.
Thorough preparation means a student can enter an exam with confidence. The same applies to practicing a sport before a major event, and many similar endeavors.
In the same way, daily discipline can allow us to face the future with confidence.
3) Preparation Today Gives Success Tomorrow
Here Maxwell quotes John Kotter, a lecturer at Harvard Business School and author of "Leading Change": "Most people don't lead their own lives - they accept their lives".
This refers to the reactive, rather than proactive, way many people live. This is also one of the key points in Stephen Covey's "Seven Habits".
Letting circumstances or other people dictate your agenda is not a recipe for success. Benjamin Disraeli said "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes".
Maxwell then describes some of the philosophy of one his personal heroes, John Wooden, a hugely successful basketball coach.
In 2003, Maxwell was able to spend a day with Wooden (then in his nineties). Wooden coached his teams on the basis of the importance of "today".
One of his sayings was the phrase on which the title of this chapter is based: "Make today a masterpiece". This begs the question of how we go about this.
Maxwell believes it takes two critical factors:
(1) Decisions, and (2) Discipline.
Good decisions alone may give one a goal, but without results.
Discipline that is not based on good decisions is likely to lead to a regimented life that falls short of its full potential.
He then deals with each of these factors independently.
Good Decisions Today Will Give You a Better Tomorrow Some people drift aimlessly or re-actively through life, without realizing that only they can make the decisions that will make a difference.
In extreme cases, people make terribly negative decisions (such as an alcoholic who keeps frequenting bars).
Of course, good decisions may be difficult. Maxwell quotes Theodore Hesburgh: You don't make decisions because they're EASY;
You don't make decisions because they're CHEAP;
You don't make decisions because they're POPULAR; You make decisions because they're RIGHT.
Furthermore, you need to what the critical areas in your life are that require good decisions.
Maxwell has identified twelve (his "daily dozen");
1) Attitude: choose and display the right attitudes
2) Priorities: determine and act on important priorities
3) Health: know and follow healthy guidelines
4) Family: communicate with and care for your family
5) Thinking: practice and develop good thinking
6) Commitment: make and keep proper commitments
7) Finances: make and manage money properly
8) Faith: deepen and live out your faith
9) Relationships: initiate and invest in good relationships
10) Generosity: plan for and model generosity
11) Values: embrace and practice good values
12) Growth: seek and experience improvements
Each of these needs to be the subject of careful thought, decisions and then an ongoing process of daily management.
While the list may seem long, the step of taking the critical decisions in each of these areas can actually make them quite simple to manage.
"You can settle an issue once and for all, and you won't have to revisit it daily".
This has two advantages.
Firstly, decisions can be made without the decision-making process being clouded by emotion (conversely, a reactive approach leaves itself open to being influenced by the emotions of the moment).
Secondly, once a decision is made it merely has to be managed - this is simpler (and more consistent) than trying to base daily actions on spur-of-the-moment decisions.
The Disciplines You Practice Today Will Give You a Better Tomorrow
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