“Just for Today . . . Just for today . . . I will choose and display the right attitudes. Just for today . . . I will determine and act on important priorities. Just for today . . . I will know and follow healthy guidelines. Just for today . . . I will communicate with and care for my family. Just for today . . . I will practice and develop good thinking. Just for today . . . I will make and keep proper commitments. Just for today . . . I will earn and properly manage finances. Just for today . . . I will deepen and live out my faith. Just for today . . . I will initiate and invest in solid relationships. Just for today . . . I will plan for and model generosity. Just for today . . . I will embrace and practice good values. Just for today . . . I will seek and experience improvements. Just for today . . . I will act on these decisions and practice these disciplines, and Then one day . . . I will see the compounding results of a day lived well.”
― John C. Maxwell,
As I was reading inspirational quotes and drinking my coffee, I came across this quote by John Maxwell. To be transparent, I love John Maxwell and have many of his books. This one quote can serve as an outline for bettering our personal and professional lives.
Let’s look at what John says comprises a “day well lived”:
- Choose and display right attitudes
- Determine and act on priorities
- Know and follow healthy guidelines
- Communicate with and care for family
- Practice and develop good thinking
- Make a keep proper commitments
- Earn and properly manage finances
- Initiate and invest in solid relationships
- Plan and model generosity
- Embrace and practice good values
- Seek and experience improvements
- Act on these decisions and practice these disciplines
This is what I would also call living an intentional life. These disciplines, when acted upon, create positive outcomes in all phases of our lives. They build character, a healthy life and can create wealth.
All of these requires action. The very last item Maxwell speaks of is to act on the decisions and practice these disciplines. Our actions define our present and future; as the quote reminds us of “compounding results of well lived day”. Our results will compound over time – either of well lived day or of a wasted day.
The choice is yours. Every day, you make choices.
How are you living your one life?