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The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

by Don Miguel Ruiz

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The First Agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word

“The human is the only animal on earth that pays a thousand times for the same mistake.”

Our beliefs are conditioned by punishment. Whenever we do something wrong, we punish ourselves so as to reinforce the mistake. This is true for all animals of this world. Howev...

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.”

When you take the negative things others say about you personally, you get trapped in your own personal importance because you are operating under the selfish assumption that everything is ab...

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

“All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally.”

It is a human tendency to make assumptions about everything. This usually arises from a fear to ask for clarification and ends in us trying to pro...

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best

“When you do your best you learn to accept yourself.”

If you truly commit yourself to always doing your best, you will find that there is absolutely no reason for you to judge yourself, and you will eliminate the feelings of guilt and blame from your life. Plus, yo...

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