The staff at Freedom Personal Development just finished reading The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and absolutely loved it. We highly recommend that everyone buy or borrow a copy (I have lent my copy out numerous times.) We loved it so much in fact, we are now reading the Companion Book.
The subtitle of the book gives the reason we enjoyed it so much, A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. Working at a company where Freedom is a Core Value, we felt this book was right on target for teaching how to live a life free of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering.
The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that, when practiced, can rapidly transform your life into a new experience of freedom, true happiness, joy and love. It is a very short book at only 138 pages and presented in a language that is very easy to understand.
Here is an outline of the 4 Agreements:
- Be Impeccable with Your Words
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using your words to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
- Dont Take Anything Personally (this agreement was one of our favorites)
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wont be the victim of needless suffering.
- Dont Make Assumptions (life changing agreement)
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.
- 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 (physically, mentally or spiritually.) Under any circumstance, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
To live out the agreements takes discipline and practice, but once you are aware of their power, your life will immediately change for the better. Once they become a habit you life will never be the same.
If you are looking for a personal development book that is provides simply, practical and easy to implement advice, this is the book for you.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this book too.
Happy reading and Be Free!
PS – tomorrow we will have a video of the author of The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz, speaking on the legacy we leave the world.