The Present Principle (Plus A Free Copy of My Ebook)

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So what is The Present Principle?

The Present Principle is a 7-step model for getting your days off to a better start. It’s a model I used to better hack my mornings, and I hope it will inspire you to build a better morning routine that sets you up for success. Here’s how it works:


(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)


(After prayer, my mornings start with reading. A bible, a devotional, and a a bit of motivating reading are my tools of choice.)


(Following time in reading and prayer, I express my own thoughts. Use a journal, a post-it, and put pen to paper to share your thoughts and expressions.)


(Check in your day, and scan your week at large. I spend 5-10 minutes doing both in this time.)


(Moving is key. Even if it doesn’t happen in the morning, getting in exercise of some sort into your day is essential to be happy, healthy, and grounded.)


(Do one thing today that truly nourishes you. Take a bath. Read a novel. Play with a baby. Do it for you.)


(How did you do? How many of the seven steps were you able to complete today? Can you do better tomorrow?)



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46 thoughts on “The Present Principle (Plus A Free Copy of My Ebook)

  1. I have never been a morning person and have had lots of criticism from Morning People about this subject but I a willing to try. I also really liked your The Present Prinipal 7 steps. Great suggestions!!!

  2. Life is great and little surprises that come to you at the right time are exceptional. I found you by chance doing an unrelated reading on my usual morning read. I have to share you with my lady friend too who just this morning is interviewing for a new job that will require her to structure her own day vs it being dictated for her. i look forward to reading both this ebook and the companion one you recently released. i will also share with all my students and families to subscribe to your blog. thanks a bunch for your insight and sharing it with us to all benefit.

    God bless you with peace and prosperity.

    Sensei Rosa

  3. Nice Principles , I hav just read about Morning Principles n quite impressed as they r true to change life schedule n motivating to bring a great day rght from Start.

  4. When I oruginally left a comment I seem to hafe clicked onn thhe -Notify mme when new comments are added-
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  5. Thank you for this tibbit of routine that you have undertaken. Thanks for your honesty, not being a typical morning person…I find it is quite difficult to get out of bed, with not enough sleep to even begin to tackle the day with my feet on the ground.

  6. Good ideas for starting in the morning, and a great way to get comments and email contacts. You ARE thinking early, Claire!

  7. good ideas for getting started in the morning and a good idea for getting comments and email contacts. You ARE thinking early, Claire!

  8. good ideas for getting started in the morning … and a good way to get comments and email contacts. You ARE thinking early, Claire

  9. Not only solid advice for the morning routine, but a beneficial method for getting email addresses and reviews. You ARE thinking early, Claire.

  10. I’d love to have “The Present Principle” e-book. Your suggestions sound solid, and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog, too! p.s. – found via LinkedIn, in case you keep track of that sort of thing.

  11. I understand the drive to conform to the workaday life–it’s simpler–but there’s no “getting a jump on everyone” if everyone is out there early-morning jumping. Early morning people are exhausted by 4pm and clear out of the office (home office included) soon after. If a client or boss has a late-day emerg, don’t count on morning people to take on the task. So while the early risers are patting one another on the back as they waste the first 30 mins to hour of their day chatting at the deserted water cooler, we late-risers/late-workers dash in with purpose and hit the ground running, regardless of how much morning sun is on that ground. Just sayin’.

  12. You have me curious about becoming a morning. I may just have to try this out and follow your steps to get the day off on the right foot.

  13. I’ve always been that morning person. In real estate I’m told this is an excellent trait. I do seem to finish more before 2 pm than other folks and I’m generally ahead of the game with my clients. I have time to learn intricacies and planning for what I do. Successful people with money tend to be up and on it first thing so I seem to be doing better in my business than folks who’ve been doing it for a while. Also gives me that self care time to get centered and keep my mind clear if I’m doing all those good decisions in a row.

  14. I am very interested in how U start your day and how U keep the habbit,because I have been a night owl for several years and I want get some inspiration.THKS!