Right now I have some posts bubbling up in me around the distillation of some simple concepts for leaders. This reminds me of one of the most powerful books I’ve read.
On the surface these agreements are blinding simple.
However, as will all knowledge that lands in us as wisdom, there is much to learn in practicing these agreements in the way we live.
The book itself is a tiny volume that can be read and taken in within a short period.
That said, I keep it close and read it often.
As Don Miguel Ruiz teaches us, we are “self-domesticated” creatures, it is easy but not simple to change and truly live these agreements.
For more, visit his site, Toltec Spirit.
The four agreements :
1. Be Impeccable with your Word:
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
Also published on Medium.