In 2003, Don Miguel Ruiz released The Four Agreements. It has become one of my favorite books and a go-to text in my work as an executive coach. As a refresher, the four agreements are: Be impeccable with your word; Do not take anything personally; Do not make assumptions; and, Always do your best. Follow these four simple steps, Don Miguel promises that you will break what has defined you in past and change your future.
Ruiz wrote the Fifth Agreement with his son, Don Jose. The Fifth Agreement, as you might expect, is a review of the first four with the addition of the fifth agreement... Be skeptical but learn to listen. Simple, elegant, and timed just right. Like all the agreements, they are easy concepts to understand yet hard to live up to.
Some people “get” this kind of book, and others say “that’s nice, but where are the results?” This kind of book may be too “woo-woo”. The people who get it know that in order to benefit, we must work on ourselves first. We must BE the change we want to see in the world. That is a tough message, but an important one.