Part 3-Always Do Your Best
If you’re just making your way to this Four Agreements segment, you can find parts 1 through 3 here! This is the fourth and final agreement! To recap, the first three agreements are Be Impeccable With Your Word, Take Nothing Personally, and Don’t Make Assumptions.
As I mentioned in part 1, if you proactively strive to implement these agreements in your day to day lives, you will unlock a world of peace that you once thought was foreign. This book alongside the agreements it holds has positively reshaped my way of thinking and how I navigate through life. Since I started living by these agreements, my world has changed. It is difficult to even put into words the impact this book has had in my life. When your mindset changes, your world, your reality, or how Don Miguel Ruiz calls it, your “dream” changes too. Our world reflects our inner thoughts, how we subjectively perceive the world as is what we see. Hence, changing how we perceive things, changes our reality and my reality has changed for the better. I now exude peace and calmness and that is all I’ve been attracting. With the people I have been meeting and with the opportunities and interactions I’ve been finding myself in. They have all been a reflection of my new mindset and so far it has been a beautiful experience! Let’s get into the fourth and final agreement of this segment, Always Do Your Best!
This agreement is sort of like the glue to the first three agreements, it holds them together! The first three agreements mean nothing if you aren’t doing your best when implementing them.
“Don’t expect that you will always be impeccable with your word. Your routine habits are too strong and firmly rooted in your mind. But you can do your best. Don’t expect that you will never take anything personally; just do your best. Don’t expect that you will never make another assumption, but you can certainly do your best”
– Don Miguel Ruiz
It’s important to discuss that your “best,” just like you are, is dynamic. What your best looks like one day is going to look different than what your best looks like on a different day depending on your mood. What does that even mean? Well, if you wake up energized, refreshed, and ready to conquer the day…your best that day will look different than on a day where you wake up feeling kind of “off,” tired, or depleted. Work with what you have and what you’re feeling, just make sure it’s the best foot you can put forward that day!
Don says, do you best, nothing more nothing less! When you do your best, you leave no room for the opinions of others. Why? Because, you did your best! How can someone judge you based off your best? Not that they should be judging anyways, but you get the point! When you do your best, you can free yourself from regret. When you strive to do your best, what is there to be disappointed in? There is nothing greater than your best… so when you always do your best there are only lessons to be learned, never failure and I want to see you consistently win!!
This agreement speaks for itself so it’s short and sweet, I’m going to end this post with a story that Don put in the book:
There was a man who wanted to transcend his suffering so he went to a Buddhist temple to find a Master to help him. He went to the Master and asked, “Master, if I meditate four hours a day, how long will it take me to transcend?” The Master looked at him and said, “If you meditate four hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in ten years.” Thinking he could do better, the man then said, “Oh, Master, what if I meditated eight hours a day, how long will it take me to transcend?” The Master looked at him and said, “If you meditate eight hours a day, perhaps you will transcend in twenty years.”
“But why will it take me longer if I meditate more?” the man asked. The Master replied, “You are not here to sacrifice your joy or your life. You are here to live, to be happy, and to love. If you can do your best in two hours of meditation, but you spend eight hours instead, you will only grow tired, miss the point, and you won’t enjoy your life. Do your best, and perhaps you will learn that no matter how long you meditate, you can live, love, and be happy.”
Do your best, nothing more nothing less. Put your best foot forward in all that you do! Be Impeccable With Your Word, Take Nothing Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions and Always Do Your Best! When you find yourself slipping back into old habits, start over. Regroup, realign, and do your best as you attempt to start fresh. Practice these agreements, train your mind, and reap the sweet fruits of your mental labor. You didn’t come across this post by chance, if this is the push you need to want better for yourself then take it as that. A peace of mind is possible, quieting your thoughts when they get overwhelming is possible, attracting and manifesting all that’s meant for you is possible! This is all possible and yes, you deserve all the above! It’s going to take a level of mental practice and discipline, but very much possible and worth the try.
I highly recommend if you haven’t to read this book in it’s entirety. Yes, I covered all the agreements, but it doesn’t compare to the literary genius that is Don Miguel Ruiz. Thank you for following along in this Four Agreements segment, you can find the other 3 parts here! Implement these agreements into your life and always do your best while doing so! Why? Because that’s #WhatChiSaid! See you next time! Don’t forget to subscirbe below so you can be notified anytime a new post drops!
Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Voice of Knowledge by Don Miguel Ruiz
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