I’ve had this book for over 10 years and re-reading it after all this time makes me remember how simple yet profound it really is.
What are the four agreements? They are: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions and always do your best.
The book reads so easy (and quickly with only 129 pages) with Don Miguel Ruiz doing a great job of not only providing examples of how we often go against those agreements in our everyday lives but also how we can actually apply them in real life situations.
Although all the agreements resonated with me on some level, it is the fourth agreement that hit me the most – always do your best. At the end of the day that is what it comes down to – doing your best no matter what that looks like to anyone. Ruiz goes on to matter of factly point out that the first 3 agreements will only work if you do your best.
“Don’t expect that you will always be able to be impeccable with your word. Your routine habits are too strong and firmly rooted in your mind. But you can do your best. Don’t expect that you will never take anything personally; just do your best. Don’t expect that you will never make another assumption, but you can certainly do your best.” (p.85)
I think this is great book that everyone should read but I also think it’s a great book to read at the beginning of every year. The agreements serve as reminders and go well with the whole new year, fresh start approach everyone often takes.