The four agreements

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 naive to have wasted almost three decades without exposure.

The book discusses four simple agreements 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 could not 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 realized that this concept is Gold.

When we implement these agreements in our lives, our health, wealth, relationships, and spirituality improve. Try it yourself.



I came across the below quote today. It resonated with an event that dates back to December 2007 when I made a cool fool of myself!


In December 2007, I drove from Rajkot to Ahmedabad via my classic Honda City Car. While driving, the objects from the glass looked fuzzy.

I thought maybe the glass was unclean, so I cleaned the glass, but still, it looked unclear.

Then I thought the front glass might have become old so I must change it.

I came back to Rajkot, and I got the glass changed for ₹ 7500/-

The other day, I had to drive to Ahmedabad again. Even on that day, the objects looked fuzzy from the front glass!

I was wondering what was wrong. Then I realized if I had got any eye numbers.

I got my eyes examined the next day, and I got -2.25 numbers!

I got my first numbered glasses, and from then on, everything looked clear.

Note to self:

  1. When we face any adverse situation, we tend to believe that it is someone else’s fault, but most of the time, that’s not the case.
  2. When we are quick in execution, we may often pay the price for the lack of depth.
  3. It is better to question our actions (and non-actions) first and then anyone else.