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Day 1651 - Agreement Four

Friday, June 07, 2019

This is the final blog post on The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Today's blog covers Agreement Four: "Always Do Your Best"

This agreement is what I think is the heart of SparkPeople. Everyone comes here because they want to be better, and they try their best to succeed so that that can regain their health and well-being.

Doing your best doesn't mean you don't make mistakes. It means that you make the effort to learn from those errors and focus on improving, so that you can be even better tomorrow. "When you do your best you learn to accept yourself. But you have to be aware and learn from your mistakes. Learning from your mistakes means you practice, look honestly at the results, and keep practicing. This increases your awareness." [Ruiz]

Every day I try to do my best and to be my best self for today and today alone. It is the mindset I am trying to adopt for the rest of my life. Thanks, Spark friends, for your continued support!

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Agreement One: www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

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    I love Don Miguel and I suspect I will be pulling his books off my library shelves frequently.

    I also love Neale Donald Walsch...I took my book 'The Wisdom of The Universe' with me to Hope Hospice and on the morning that my sweetheart passed I opened up the book...what did I see..two pages with a beautiful sky in the background..two simple sentences on 2 separate pages "Do You Know" "I Love You" my first sign from my amazing wonderful hubby that he is always with me...now just in a different way. emoticon emoticon
    713 days ago
    It is important to distinguish between best and perfection.
    721 days ago
    Thanks a lot for your blog! Have a great day! emoticon
    727 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Doing your best is to YOUR abilities.
    732 days ago
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    You're THE BEST!!!! emoticon
    733 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Your best is what you are happy with at the back end. If you are content, you are happy. If you seek more or better, your happiness is a greater goal. IMHO.
    734 days ago
    This was the motto that my parents emphasized to me and the main one I passed on to my son. That being said I fought it a lot when I was very young. I felt my parents put too much pressure on me and our physician agreed with me because in grade school I ended up with bleeding duodenal ulcers and was put on anti-anxiety medication. I was the skinniest kid in class. The pressure had a negative effect on my productivity. Had I been encouraged with positive reinforcement as opposed to being punished I might have reached my potential earlier. Some of my teachers were the ones who recognized my potential and they encouraged me. It changed my way of thinking and I finally did my best.
    735 days ago
    Okay I struggle with this one to.. My parents were perfectionist. I knew at a young age I could never measure up so I went with "Why even try." Instead of "i will prove to you that I am good enough." As a result I never really learned the fine art of doing my best and being happy with it...that was then and this is now.. I now know I have nothing to prove to anyone about my worth.. I am worthy. If know one else at least to me.

    You are a child of the universe,
    no less than the trees and the stars;
    you have a right to be here.
    And whether or not it is clear to you,
    no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
    736 days ago
    I love this book!
    737 days ago
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    Echoing what you wrote: "Every day I try to do my best and to be my best self for today and today alone. It is the mindset I am trying to adopt for the rest of my life. Thanks, Spark friends, for your continued support!"

    737 days ago
    emoticon for bringing these agreements to my attention.
    737 days ago
  • SPICY23
    I was raised under this principle. My folks would ask "Did you do your best?" for a less than stellar performance or report. If the answer was "yes" then that was all that mattered. To a kid though, it was sometimes a challenge to answer the first question: did I do my best? Hmmm, how would I know that?

    Still the expectation for high achievement and effort was ingrained; makes it hard sometimes to accept 'good enough'. Perhaps this is where perfectionism is born.

    Peace and Care
    738 days ago
    Great advice!
    738 days ago
    I would add - do the right thing, simply because it's the right thing to do.

    Love you to the moon & back!

    738 days ago
    Reminds me of the Theodore Roosevelt quote: "Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are"

    I've often said, "Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are." Kind of a blend of both Roosevelt's quote and Ruiz's agreement four.

    And, as you've shared: the emoticon of SparkPeople.

    Enjoy your weekend, my friend. And be safe. I believe we're both under Fire Watch conditions beginning today and on into the weekend.

    738 days ago
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    738 days ago
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