The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
I first heard about The Four Agreements from Bill Perkins in a podcast he did with Joe Ingram. Bill described the positive effect that it had on him and I decided I wanted to give it a read. I went into it with low expectations because books had never really clicked with me in the past. This time was different though. For the first time in my life a book was truly resonating with me.
The Four Agreements is about how implementing the four agreements can change your life. The four agreements are:
- Be impeccable with your word
- Don’t take things personally
- Don’t make assumptions
- Always do your best
Simple as they may sound, the four agreements are extremely powerful. The author blends mysticism with rational ideas and tells beautiful stories about the power of words and beliefs. He likens negative words to poison and explains our role in spreading this poison. He illustrates the power and effects of words in ways I had never considered. Ever since reading I can’t in good conscience use my word to put down and demean others. Don’t get me wrong, everyone makes mistakes and I’ve definitely slipped up. But I agreed to always do my best. So I will continue progressing and I can take solace in knowing that I’m trying – regardless of setbacks.
The Four Agreements had a profound effect on me and the way I think about life. Anyone wanting to change their life for the better will benefit from this book.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Greatness then, is not an act, but a habit.” -Aristotle