One of my greatest passions outside of being a fitness professional, business owner and dog lover is personal growth.

Feeding our minds with activities like reading books, listening to educational audios, or just taking time to be alone in the wilderness can serve us in a huge way.

For example, one thing that’s helped serve every area of my life is re-reading the best selling (and timeless) book, “The Four Agreements”, by Don Miguel Ruiz.

Inside this little book Don has hidden four very powerful philosophies or rules that we should all strive to live by.

Here they are…

The First Agreement: Be Impeccable with Your Word

– Speak with integrity. 

– Say only what you mean. 

– Avoid negative self talk and gossip. 

– Use and choose your words to speak truth and love. 

And be careful what you think, yourself is always listening. 

The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

Ever have someone criticize you or say something hurtful behind your back (or to your face)?

We all have.

– But nothing others say or do is because of you. 

– What others say is simple a projection of their own reality.

When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you wont be the victim of needless suffering.

The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

Ever hear the ole’ saying, “When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me.” (ass-u-me 🙂

The next time you make an assumption about somebody or something do more research — or redirect your thoughts to something positive.

95% of the time, it’s probably not even close to being reality.

I can’t tell you how many times I have made an assumption only to find out later that I wasted all kinds of time and energy because my worry or concern was unfounded.

The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best

Even though your best is going to change from day to day,make sure you simply do your best under ANY circumstances and you’ll avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

Yesterday is in the tomb, tomorrow is in the womb, all we really have is today.

So always do your best!

Do yourself a favor and jot these down, print them out,or better yet, grab the book and go read it.

I have all four agreements printed out and posted on my cork board in my office.

It’s a great reminder of how to live.

-Ed Williams

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