The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
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The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a self-improvement book. The author says that most of us have had certain beliefs and value systems which we assume to be true. These beliefs are in the form of guiding principles as to what is right and what is wrong, what is socially acceptable and what is not. When people are growing up, they are taught these things which they embedded in their daily lives and later it becomes an integral and non-dispensible part of their lives. Ruiz refers to this phenomenon as the domestication of the mind. He believes that this is dangerous as people strongly comply with these belief systems and end up living their lives as someone else which prevents them from living a peaceful and happy life. The author proposes four agreements which one needs to make with oneself to lead a happy and meaningful life. These four principles are:
1. Be Impeccable With Your Word
This is an important agreement. The author says that words have the power to influence and affect others. It is important not to condemn and talk negatively about others. What one feels about other is their opinion and not necessarily true. The internal dialogue with ourselves also is important. It is important to believe in ourselves and not be guided by other’s opinion about us.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Other’s opinions and feedback about us should not be taken personally. It should not change the way one looks at oneself. Accepting what others have to say about us makes us feel weaker and with limitations.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
One should not assume things and live in an assumed world. One should not make things complex and bigger than they actually are by assuming things.
4. Always Do Your Best
It is important to give the best in whatever one does. It will be difficult to push ourselves out of the comfort zone initially, but it will give great satisfaction and pleasure later on knowing one has given their best and there will be no regrets later.
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a potentially life-changing book. The book was first published in 1997 and has been translated into 40 languages. It has sold more than 7 million copies and was on the New York Bestseller list for more than a decade. The book has been written in a very simple manner which makes the reader understand the contents better. This is a must-read book for anyone seeking improvement in their lives and enriching their lives.