This is the final of 4 weeks in our journey led by Don Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. So last but not least, we are pleased to share with you a lesson that you can practice from moment to moment:
“Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will not be as good, like when you are healthy as opposed to sick, or happy vs. upset.”
“When you are doing your best you take action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. You know you’re doing your best when you are enjoying the action or doing it in a way that will not have negative repercussions for you.”
It’s just like Forrest Gump. “He didn’t have great ideas, but he took action. He was happy because he always did his best at whatever he did. He was richly rewarded without expecting any reward at all.”
Taking action is being alive. It’s taking the risk to go out and express your dream, but most people do exactly the opposite, and that’s why they don’t do their best.
For example: “Most people go to work every day just thinking of payday, and the money they will get from the work they are doing. They can hardly wait for Friday or Saturday, whatever day they receive their money and can take time off. They are working for the reward, and as a result they resist work. They try to avoid the action and it becomes more difficult, and they don’t do their best.” This is real suffering.
“By doing your best, the habits of misusing your word, taking things personally, and making assumptions will become weaker and less frequent with time. As you build the habit of the four new agreements, your best will become better than it used to be. It doesn’t matter if you are sick or tired, if you always do your best there is no way you can judge yourself. And if you don’t judge yourself there is no way you are going to suffer from guilt, blame, and self-punishment. By always doing your best, you will break a big spell that you have been under.”
“We don’t need to know or prove anything. Just to be, to take a risk and enjoy your life, is all that matters. Say no when you want to say no, and yes when you want to say yes. You have the right to be you. You can only be you when you do your best.”
Now that’s a seed to nurture in our minds! What are your thoughts on this?
And so there we have it, The Four Agreements:
- Be Impeccable with your Word
- Don’t Take Anything Personally
- Don’t Make Assumptions
- Always do your Best.
You can get the full copy (and see other books by Don Miguel Ruiz) at http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+four+agreements
Tiffany Manchester assists athletes, artists, and other women who want to ‘fear less’ and ‘create more’ wealth, health, and happiness in their lives. Connect with Tiffany ~ here ~ to sign up for a free strategy session!