Four Agreements SUMMARY
Updated: Mar 6, 2021
For February's Bookclub, I decided to read a book I've wanted for a while called Four Agreements. Don Miguel Ruiz wrote Four Agreements, the book was on the New York Times bestseller list for 8 years and sold over six million copies. The Four Agreements is based on the Toltecs' wisdom, an indigenous people of Mexico who preceded the Aztecs.
The Four Agreements or guiding principles the book says to live your life by are:
Be impeccable with your word.
Don't take anything personally.
Don't make assumptions.
Always do your best.
Agreement 1: Be Impeccable With Your Word
Speak with integrity.
Say only what you mean.
Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
Agreement 2: Don't Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you.
What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream.
When you are immune to others' opinions and actions, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.
Agreement 3: 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.
With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life."
Agreement 4: Always Do Your Best
Your best will change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
Under any circumstance, do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Four Agreements was a short and simple read and is great for anyone looking for guiding principles to simplify and declutter your mind. I personally enjoyed the book, and it taught me to get out of my head and assume nothing, which is the hardest thing for me. I am excited to implement the use of these four agreements in my daily life.
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