Here’s a quick book summary of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Practicing these four simple principles is the path to personal freedom. But like anything worthwhile, it’ll take a lot of work to turn these agreements into habits.
You’ll be replacing decades-old guidelines – ways of thinking and speaking and reacting that you’ve been doing automatically your entire life. That’s not going to happen overnight. So don’t beat yourself up when you slip. Just like losing weight, learning the how-to is easy; living it is much harder. But so worth it!
Here are the CliffsNotes for each of the four agreements.
1) Be impeccable with your word.
Always speak with integrity. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Never talk against yourself or gossip about anyone else. Words are weapons. Use them to speak truth and love.
2) Don’t take anything personally.
What other people do? Has nothing to do with you. Remember, their words and actions are a reflection of their own realities and dreams. When you stop caring about the actions and opinions of others, you’ll no longer be a victim of needless suffering.
3) Don’t make assumptions.
Be courageous enough to ask questions that uncover the truth. And express your truth. Don’t sugarcoat it. Speak clearly to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. Just this one agreement, alone, can dramatically improve your life.
4) Always do your best.
At everything. This’ll change from moment to moment. For example, when you’re sick with the stomach flu, your best will look different than when you feel great. But when you do this, you’ll eliminate self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret. Makes sense, right?
When you subscribe to the above, you’ll be working towards a life of unconditional love, gratitude, and respect for yourself and for others. That’s a damn-fine way to live. Wouldn’t you agree?
Plus it’s the perfect environment for building million dollar businesses. Especially when you combine these concepts with the ones in How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis.