In 2016, I came across the concept of The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz.
While traveling from Ahmedabad to Udaipur, I listened to its audio. It came as a slap on my face.
It came as a slap because the concept was so profound and I was so naive to have wasted almost 3 decades of my life without getting exposed to it.
The book talks about four simple agreements that a human can have with herself. Those agreements are:
- Be impeccable with your words
- Don’t take anything personally
- Don’t make assumptions
- Always do your best
The agreements are very simple until you realize they are not. Most problems in our lives are because we don’t honor our words, we take things personally, we make assumptions and we perform with mediocrity.
Think about it. I did and I found the pattern that when I did not like something, I was not able to perform at my best! And more often than once I used to take things personally.
I was touched by the concept that I decided to put it into practice and … I must say that my life changed for good from that day onwards.
I have prepared a sketch note summary of the four agreements concept. Have a look at it. I would also encourage you to read the book (amazon link).
Did you realize that even if I call it the visual summary of the Four Agreements, there are five agreements in the Sketchnote?
The purpose of including the fifth agreement is because there is a subsequent book by the same author that expands the concept. The FIfth Agreement is also very powerful: Be skeptical, but learn to listen.
In fact, before including this concept in my way of living, I was skeptical … but I listened to what the author had to say. I paid attention to it and I realized that this concept is Gold.
When we implement these agreements in our life, our health, wealth, relationships, and spirituality improves. Try it yourself.