Keeping Commitments: Glue to Living a more Open and Meaningful Life.

 Daily Quote: “I have never let lack of “time” interfere with my accomplishing important commitments”. Don Miguel Ruiz 

Reflection: Don Miguel Ruiz, is a Mexican author and spiritualist.

His most famous and influential work, The Four Agreements, was published in 1997 and has sold over 4 million copies. He advocates a point of view that breaking commitments and agreements  e have made us less connected with others and has the power to derail relationships. Commitments  and keeping promises is one of the biggest barriers for creating unhappiness and limiting our ability to reach our full potential in life. Ultimately, it is about finding one’s own integrity, self-love, and peace by way of absolving oneself from responsibility for the issues and problems  of others. The Four Agreements are:

  1. Be Impeccable With Your Word. See DWYSYWD.
  2. Don’t Take Anything Personally.
  3. Don’t Make Assumptions.
  4. Always Do Your Best

The Four Agreements are:

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 and unhappiness.

3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions to express what you really want to know about others. Communicate with others as concisely and clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life and begin to fulfill your promise to live on purpose.

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 situation or circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, regret and guilt.

Action Challenge: Over this next week choose which agreement you want to incorporate into your daily living. Pick one of the agreements to start on and and keep track of your progress toward how in daily activities you can start practicing this agreement. At the end of the week look back and identify what worked? What did not work? How can you keep your commitment to honor this agreement going?   

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