I was cleaning out a closet yesterday (getting a jump on fall cleaning) and came across an old planner that I used at a previous job. It was mostly empty inside except a little card that I saved that contains a summary of The Four Agreements.
If you aren’t familiar with the The Four Agreements, it’s a book my Miguel Ruiz that teaches you how to live so that you have personal freedom. He reveals some limiting beliefs that we tend to have that prevent us from experiencing joy in our lives.
Now I have a confession to make…I haven’t actually read the entire book (I plan to soon though!) but the parts I have read are life-changing. They are just four simple things to structure your life around. Things that can have a huge impact on your joy and success.
Here’s a summary of what The Four Agreements are:
Be Impeccable With Your Word.
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid speaking against yourself and others. Avoid gossip. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Don’t Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do or say is because of you. It is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
Don’t Make Assumptions.
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.
Always Do Your Best.
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement self-abuse, and regret.
I especially love the last one. As I’ve struggled to get my blog and business off the ground, some days are better than others. And this was a good reminder for me to give the best that I have that day.
I would love to hear what you think about The Four Agreements. Have you read it? How has it impacted your life? Can’t wait to hear what you have to share!