The Four Agreements Cliff Notes

It`s marked. Recognition of the four agreements includes a piece of defiance that is etched into the four agreements granted to Ruiz by the United States Navy. We learn how to act and what we should believe and accept as normal. Ruiz says we should ask ourselves why we accept them and live because we have not chosen these rules and agreements. Based on all these ideas, Don Miguel has launched four clear messages to implement. Doing their best does not mean doing what is physically possible. This means doing the best you can manage individually, which can vary depending on the situation and your current circumstances. One way to do your best is to incorporate the previous three chords into your daily life. If you do, you can avoid feelings of regret and accept that people do their best at all times. They will come to enjoy the action instead of just taking advantage of the rewards associated with actions. Similarly, Don Miguel suggests that we should work hard, because it makes us happy and not an external motivation. Don Miguel gives an example of salary.

If the main motivation in our work is money, we will never do our best. In addition, we will be stuck in jobs that pay well, but we lack fulfillment and joy. Because of the lack of fulfillment in their work, these people will then spend their weekends partying, drinking and doing other things that harm their lives. This path begins with the four agreements. These are new ways of life that you can voluntarily follow. These agreements are the same: we have all reached a series of “agreements” on how we will lead life. We have agreements with our friends, our partners, our parents, our children, with our God, with society at large. And of course, the most important agreements are those we have made with ourselves. All these agreements we have concluded guide our “personality”: they tell us who we are, how we feel, what we believe and how we behave. However, in most cases, all of these agreements were never deliberately chosen. Ruiz says that, like farm animals, we have been “domesticated” since childhood – we have been punished or rewarded based on what we have done or not, and that has shaped us to become who we are today. This book shows us that it is possible to break some of the old “agreements” that no longer serve us, and instead to create new agreements that we consciously choose and maintain day after day.

Whatever your own agreements, Ruiz suggests that we should (based on Toltec`s wisdom) conclude all the following four agreements.

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