The Four Agreements: Visual Summary

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:

  1. Be impeccable with your words
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. 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.


Grateful to the Second Glass of Water

Yesterday, I was having a haircut at my Salon.

An aged semi-bald Uncle came—about 65 years of age.

Uncle sat beside my chair and started talking to the Stylist.

While getting his haircut done, Uncle shared his story: his son is settled in America, and his daughter lives 3 km away. That’s why he recently shifted to our society.

  1. Uncle is on Dialysis for the last six years;
  2. Uncle needs to get the Dialysis done three times a week;
  3. Uncle drinks less than a glass of water per day!
  4. After his kidney failed, he sold off his business which had a huge turnover and offices in 5 different cities;
  5. He got Kidney donners twice but it did not match;
  6. He observed that after the kidney transplant very few people live longer so he decided not to pursue it;
  7. He is doing Stockmarket investments now…Gujju, you see!
  8. Uncle had high spirits and talked now he spends time with his friends and music and lives the best life he can!

I was listening to Uncle’s tone and the talk. Uncle’s tone was confident, and he was upbeat about this phase of life despite having to do Dialysis three times a week.

Uncle’s spirit touched me. Inspiring!

We take so many things for granted. Uncle drinks just a glass of water every day. If he drinks more, he needs more frequent Dialysis!

I am grateful for the second glass of water I drink every day!

Note to self:
1. Most of us have an abundance of all such things: food, shelter, money, relationship, health … but we don’t pause to feel grateful about all that we have.

2. Uncle’s upbeat view of life teaches that no matter the challenges, one has the power to remain optimistic. That’s the power of choice in action.

3. If we embed being grateful in our life as a habit, we feel more celebrated.

4. No matter what, you continue to create value for yourself and your near ones (Uncle’s stockmarket activity!)

Why do we do what we do? To feel celebrated, isn’t it so?