“I’m looking for some good reading material. Any suggestions?” a friend asked the other day.
I recommended few titles including The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
I’ve read the book years ago – its simple and sage advice stayed with me.
The four agreements (rules) are:
• Be impeccable with your word
• Don’t take anything personally
• Don’t make assumptions
• Always do your best
Be impeccable with your word
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Remember, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Words are powerful.
Don’t take anything personally
When you feel slighted by someone’s behavior – take a moment before reacting.
(Don’t let emotions control what you say and do.)
Be clear and know what you want – that will greatly influence how you react.
Don’t make assumptions
Tell others what you want/need. They can’t read your mind.
Ask questions. And listen.
Always do your best
Some days you’ll function at the top of your game.
Other days not so much.
Simply do your best at that moment.
Live your life doing your best.
These four simple yet powerful rules will greatly improve your interactions at work as well as with family and friends.
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