Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.
Our personal power is based on the agreements we make, and often we make those agreements to please others, rather than being true to ourselves. In doing so, we give away our personal power. The Four Agreements is about taking back our personal power by being authentic and by adhering to our true selves. The four agreements are: 1) Be impeccable in your word, 2) Don't take anything personally, 3) Don't make assumptions, and 4) Always do your best. While simple, these agreements are anything but easy. Ruiz encourages readers to practice these agreements everyday and forgive ourselves when we are not perfect. The effort is what's most important. This book is a quick read (or listen) and should be reread repeatedly if you truly desire to keep your agreements with yourself.
This is a fairly good book; a condensed light version of tougher, less-accessible metaphysical stuff. It rambles a bit and tends to promise enlightment but overall it is efficient in the way that it keeps it simple and basic to four manageable principles of action. A remedial reader for those on the journey and an excellent intro for those thinking about it.
The teachings here I found to be less compelling than I expected. There are nuggets of wisdom, but somehow I didn't find here something that could change me spiritually. Tolle's "The Power of Now" and "New Earth", or Chopra's "7 Spiritual Laws" and "Synchrodestiny" are more enlightening.
I am a creative, brainstorming genius! Ok maybe not a genius... but close! I am an avid runner, marathoner and student of exceptional living!
I got this book on the recommendation of a friend and am absolutely thrilled that I did. If you can get through the first chapter which I found to be a little odd and confusing, the rest of the book is absolutely amazing. New ideas and concepts and by the end of the book the first chapter made complete sense.
If more people in the world would choose to live their lives according to the four agreements, I think the world would be a much better place.
My 10 year old daughter listened to this with me while traveling and still to this day talks about it and comes up with examples to explain concepts in this book! I highly recommend it!
This book has some very useful information that helps the reader establish a new perspective. The message is simple so that a person can take practicle steps that can be used day to day in order to initiate change.
Beautifully read, wonderful uplifting content. What more could one want. Even the most jaded and cynical of you won't fail to be captivated. Colonic irrigation for the soul!
I have listened to this three times--it goes quickly--and each time heard new things. The fact that we all have "agreements" about who we are resonated with me. Now that I am able to choose healthier agreements, it is liberating to recognize agreements decided for me when I was young. Worth listening to for anyone in the throes of self reflection.
I am in my late twenties, a commuter, a romantic, & am loving life.
This book truly falls into the genre of 'self-help'. I can't imagine any walk of life or type of person for which this book would not be applicable. The four basic agreements, if applied, could be life changing. Although, it's not ground breaking stuff... I will most likely go back and listen to it again every few months - just because it's a great reminder that all we can really control in life is ourselves.
The concept of 'always doing your best' will stick with me. What's to feel guilty about in life if you can truly say you did your best?