How to Be Present in 2013

It’s a few days into 2013 already, and the blogs are abuzz with articles decrying the age-old practice of making resolutions.

Again and again, bloggers are claiming the truth: practiced habits work better than resolutions.

This year, I’ll be once again putting into practice one of the habits I developed in 2012, with the hope that it will continue to give me an edge on my days.

The habit?

Starting my mornings off right.

I start my mornings with a 7-step process I have come to call The Present Principle. It’s a simple process built around a simple acronym — P.R.E.S.E.N.T. — that helps guide me to remember to implement the seven most important things I need to do each and every day (and to do those things in the mornings).

Over time, I’ve started to share this process with others, in the hopes that it might help them as well.

Here’s an overview of how it works:

P — PRAY (i start my days with a cup of tea in hand, and a quick prayer of guidance, thanks, and direction. if prayer isn’t your thing, then just take a moment to PAUSE. take in life, and breath out your woes)
R — READ (after prayer, my mornings start with reading. a bible and a devotional are my readings of choice for this time. find something motivational you might like)
E — EXPRESS¬†(after some prayer and reading time, expressing my own thoughts is next. i use a moleskine journal, but a post-it note will do! just think of putting pen to paper to share your feelings.)

S — SCHEDULE¬†(now’s the time to do an overview of your day, and to check-in on your week. i typically spend 5-10 minutes drafting my day’s schedule and checking in on the week at large.)

E — EXERCISE (even if it’s not in the morning, try to get in exercise of some sort every day. this hopefully translates into an aerobic workout a few days a week, and a short walk, stretching session on other days. keep moving, and you’ll feel better.)
N — NOURISH (do one thing today that truly nourishes you. take a bath. read a novel for 15 minutes. enjoy staring into your puppy’s bright blue eyes. do it for you.)
T — TRACK (how many of the seven steps were you able to complete today? can you do better tomorrow?)

I’m not always perfect (and I don’t always get to every step), but implementing The Present Principle to the best of my ability each and every day is an incredible motivation for me, and it does deliver great results. If you’re looking for a way to feel more grounded, productive, and happy in 2013, it just might help you, too.

For a limited time, I’m offering a free ebook that goes in depth into how The Present Principle works — and how it might work for you in your life.

Go here to download it.

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