The Four Agreements Chapter 1 Summary

The fourth chord allows you to practice and make all other chords a habit. Whenever you don`t implement an agreement, don`t sweat. All right. Start. And then again. Until it takes root in who you are. Today`s world is full of suffering and cruelty. From birth, we are trained to accept the rules of society as “as they are,” but adhering to those rules prevents us from becoming our true self. But there is another way to live. If we replace the old agreements with four simple agreements, we will be able to free ourselves from the old rules and find peace and happiness. These agreements are: 1) Use your words impeccably. 2) Don`t take anything personally.

3) Don`t make assumptions. 4) Always do your best. Ruiz says that to break the old agreements that hold us back, we have a few options: Ruiz says that to find personal joy, you have to break all those fear-based agreements imposed by society that are currently finding you. And it offers four agreements that will help you do this: this agreement is also a simple concept, but it will allow the other three to be more rooted and effective. Finally, the first three chords can only really work if you do your best. Use this exercise to identify some steps you can take to remove some old arrangements that you are remembering. If we want a life full of joy, we must break those harmful agreements that promote suffering and failure. But how? We feel powerless because the creation and maintenance of all these negative agreements has sucked up our personal strength. There are four powerful chords that will bring back our personal power and help us break the perilous cycle we find ourselves in. It will not be easy and we will need a strong will to conclude these new agreements, but if we succeed, we will change our lives. Making assumptions and taking things personally (agreements 2 and 3) go hand in hand and cause gossip, conflict and suffering.

First of all, you need to be aware of the agreements you need to set. Anything we accept as “as it is” is an agreement. But too many of these agreements harm us and others. Think, for example, of the teenager who is starving to adapt. Think of someone who stays in an unhappy relationship because that`s all they know. These first two chords free you from many of the bad arrangements that have disrupted your life. Finally, reckless words combined with highly offended people will inevitably bring drama. . .


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