This is the second in a series of four consecutive ponderings that will cover The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. I highly recommend reading this book as the concepts can help you process how you relate, adapt and grow with all your communication efforts. The Four Agreements are:
Always do your best
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t make assumptions
This piece will cover the second agreement which is: Always Do Your Best!
A seemingly easy, small phrase but a fabulous reminder! Are you doing your best? Think about it — have you been on autopilot since the holidays? Not paying attention when your spouse is talking to you?
There is that 80/20 rule that says eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the people. CHOOSE to be in the twenty percent that is contributing and giving their best each day.
“Take your life and enjoy it”
“You are alive, so take your life and enjoy it. You were born with the right to be happy, to love and to share your love. Just to be — to take a risk and enjoy your life — is all that matters.”
Doing your best isn’t just for work — but for you as well. Are you taking care of yourself? Getting enough sleep and eating properly? Do your very best starting with yourself!
“Stay in the present moment”
“Keep your attention on today, and stay in the present moment. This is the beginning of a new understanding. A new dream.”
I talked about this recently in my Pondering: Are You Present post? But, again, a simple reminder worth repeating. Be present in each moment.
“Practice makes the master”
“By doing your best over and over, you can master the art of transformation. By doing your best, the habits of misusing your words, taking things personally, and making assumptions will become weaker and less frequent with time.”
Be patient with yourself and be open to being the best that you can be! Honor yourself by always doing your best.
Do you feel like you are putting your best foot forward? If yes, then please share how! If no, what do you think that you could do a little or a lot better?
Quotes from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.