In his book, “The Four Agreements,” Don Miguel Ruiz gives some wonderful clues to better human communication and self awareness. The four agreements that he asks you to make with yourself are these:
1. NEVER MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
2. DO NOT TAKE THINGS PERSONALLY
3. ALWAYS BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
They sound quite simple, but think about your own life and ask yourself if you can do all four of them at once.
Since reading “The Four Agreements” I have become very aware of my own failings as a human being. I am aware that I have often made incorrect assumptions and taken things personally that were not directed at me at all. I have not always been impeccable with my word because I have used sarcasm, or minor deceit to win an argument. Finally, as much as I always want to do my best, I occasionally lapse into human laziness for one reason or another and then used deceit to cover up my weakness. I am not perfect yet, and I might never be. However, I believe that self-awareness will put me on a road to a better life.
The four agreements…words to live by.
I am Wayne Kehl from Dynamic Leadership
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