I love finding books that leave an impression on my life. I truly enjoy learning about new practices and beliefs, and reading on my own time is one of my greatest pleasures. The book I want to tell you about today is called Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book tells readers the four agreements needed to create love and happiness in your life. Although these four agreements are hard to adapt to, once you do, it will change your life forever, just how it has mine.
The first agreement that Ruiz talks about is to “Be Impeccable with your word.” Speak with meaningful words that will leave a good impression. Let go of all the gossip and hatred you have in your words, and you will see the change it will make in your life. Instead of using words to put people down, use them to enlighten the people around you and to spark love.
Second, Ruiz chants the importance of “not taking anything too personally.” He says that other people’s actions and comments were not made for you. When someone talks badly about your or yells at you, it is not about you. Their thoughts about you are based on perceptions that they have in their personal dream. When someone disagrees with you, it is because their belief system is different than yours and they need to defend it; so don’t create conflict with them.
Next, the book tells us “Don’t Make Assumptions.” Ruiz tells us to find the courage to ask daring questions instead of making assumptions. It is good to get out of your comfort zone and ask questions. Communication is key, and without it, there will be a lot of miscommunication and commotion. If you follow the guidelines of how to communicate correctly, you wit will change your life drastically.
Lastly, The Four Agreements tells us to “Always Do your Best.” Life changes, so your best might drastically change from one time to another. The important note is to do your best no mater what situation you are in because it avoids self- judgment and self-abuse. Don’t expect a reward for every action that you achieve, do it for the pleasure that comes along with it. You will see a transformation in your life if you continue to do you the best you can.
The book The Four Agreements has really given me a different perspective on life. It’s four agreements all apply to my life, and I make sure to incorporate them when speaking to my clients. I make sure to “be impeccable with my word” when speaking with my clients and daughter. I only use positive words that will help them grow, and leave all the gossip behind me. The agreement of “not taking anything too personally” applies to my life very much. I used to get upset when people did not agree with me, but now I know that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I always tell my daughter to “not make assumptions” because it is not worth not knowing. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you can. The last agreement, “Do your best” is a mantra I strongly live by. I tell all my clients to do their best when working out and living a healthy lifestyle. Its not always easy, but trying your hardest will make a change. I highly recommend this book to any individual who is trying to change their life around and need a little bit of motivation.