If you do your best, you can expect the following: By being impeccable with your word, taking nothing personally, making no assumptions, and always doing your best, you are working from a place of love, not fear. And you train yourself to focus only on what you can control. Learn more about the events, people, and locations in your book with Wikipedia integration. Think. If you only work for the reward (paycheck), you miss the point of why, and so, of course, you will resist the work. If you do your best, it turns into a mountain too steep to overcome because you avoid the action or do it from a place of hate, fear, and uncertainty. The fourth agreement allows readers to get a better overview of how progress is being made in achieving their life goals. This agreement includes the integration of the first three agreements into everyday life and also the exploitation of their full potential.  It is a question of doing one`s best individually, which is different from the different situations and circumstances that the individual may encounter. Ruiz believes that if you avoid self-judgment and do your best at every moment, you can avoid remorse.  By incorporating the first three chords and doing their best in all facets of life, people will be able to live a life without grief and self-loathing.
 Our personal power is based on the agreements we make, and often we make these agreements to please others instead of being true to ourselves. In doing so, we reveal our personal strength. The Four Accords aim to regain our personal power by being authentic and clinging to our true self. The four chords are: 1) Be impeccable in your word, 2) Don`t take anything personally, 3) Don`t make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. These agreements are simple, but far from simple. Ruiz encourages readers to practice these chords every day and forgive ourselves if we are not perfect. Effort is the most important thing. This book is a quick read (or quick listen) and should be read repeatedly if you really want to keep your chords with yourself. In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz deconstructs the reality in which our society lives today and, through his words, he reveals the source of our self-limiting beliefs that deprive us of joy and self-love and cause unnecessary suffering in our daily lives. Essentially, he explains the phenomenon of why “people punish themselves endlessly for not being what they think they should be.” In part 1 of this 2-part video, we learn about the “domestication” of man and how all the rules and values of our family and society are imposed on us by a system of punishment and reward.
As young children, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life; We are absolutely authentic. But then we learn to be what others think we “should” be, and because it`s not acceptable for us to be who we are, we start pretending to be what we aren`t. When we are teenagers, we have learned to judge ourselves, to punish ourselves and to reward ourselves according to agreements we have never chosen. The Four Accords help us break self-limiting agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us freedom, happiness and love. I have been on the path of spiritual awakening for 25 years and I wish I had come across this book at the beginning of my journey! Now it`s a perfect summary of what I`ve understood myself over the years, wrapped in a beautiful mystical story, the Toltec way of looking at it. I can`t recommend this book enough to anyone looking for a way to live a happy life, to be free from the fog of limiting beliefs and other effects of our domestication. The four chords are simple but quite difficult to stick to at every moment of our lives, which is why the fourth chord is so important. I will leave this book at the top of my list of favorite books for a long time and I will definitely reread it to make it even more wisdom. What did you like about Peter Coyote`s performance? In part 2 of this 2-part video, we learn the book of the law that governs our mind and the inner judge that makes us suffer because we never live up to our “image of perfection.” All our normal tendencies are lost in the process of domestication, and we begin to look for what we have lost. We seek freedom because we are no longer free; we seek happiness because we are no longer happy; We seek beauty because we no longer believe that we are beautiful.
What we are looking for is our “self”. With practice, the Four Accords help us regain our “authentic self,” and this is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. In these agreements, you have told yourself who you are, how you feel, what you believe and how to behave. And in an effort to be accepted by everyone around you, you have created this image of what perfection is, based on the beliefs of others. The concept is simple, the four agreements are understandable, the results are undeniable. However, the disciplined practice of consciousness and action is a monumental challenge. Not because it`s complicated, but because it requires a complete rewriting of your deepest thoughts and actions. The constant presence of the mind and persistent concentration will begin to unravel the lifespan of the unhealthy conditioning with which we have all become familiar.
It`s about speaking with integrity. It`s about using words that build your confidence, but not using words to belittle others or talk negatively about yourself. It`s just a matter of saying what you want to say and using your words to focus your attention on what you want most (what you really like) rather than what you don`t do (what you fear or hate). Indeed, as children, we did not have the opportunity to choose our beliefs, we simply accepted the information that was transmitted to us by our families, our schools and our societies. And no matter if the ideas, values, and beliefs were good or bad, every time we heard an opinion and believed it, we internalized it as an agreement, and that agreement was part of our belief system. Then we used these agreements to forge our own identity. The third agreement describes the issue of making assumptions about how this leads to suffering and why individuals should not participate in their manufacture. Accepting what others think can lead to stress and interpersonal conflict because the person believes that their hypothesis is a representation of the truth.  Ruiz believes that one solution to overcome the act of acceptance is to ask questions and ensure that communication between those involved is clear.  Individuals can avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama by not making assumptions.  There he asked Master, “Master, if I meditate for four hours a day, how long will it take me to transcend myself?” Master replied, “If you meditate four hours a day, you can transcend in ten years.” Great philosophy.
Excellent storytelling. Very relaxing to hear. It teaches how we are one with the universe. It helps you calm down from our stress and daily problems by focusing on what you can do to be a better person instead of worrying about things that are out of your control. I really enjoyed this book. As mentioned earlier, all the agreements we have in our heads are based on beliefs that we have consciously and unconsciously accepted. Together, they form our vision of the world. What others say, what they do, and the opinions they share match the agreements they have in their own minds, meaning that nothing others do or say is because of you – it`s because of them. The connections I made with the things I couldn`t verbalize about my childhood. Associating and letting go of things I couldn`t understand. From the day we are born, we grow up making agreements with ourselves based on information and opinions from the family and society.
Some consciously and others unconsciously. We continue to live our lives according to the agreements we make with ourselves about who and what we should be. Speak with integrity. Just say what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the sense of truth and love. The fourth agreement you need to make with yourself is the promise that you will always do your best to do your best. .