The fourth and final agreement is always do your best. Now, this may sound like a cheesy line that your parents fed you before you ran out onto the court for your first basketball game when you could barely even dribble the ball. In reality, it is such an impactful way to live. So many of us experience self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. Think of a time you felt one of these. Was it a time you gave it your all? Or when it was when you slacked off and did just enough to get by? I’m going to guess it was the latter.
Doing your best does not mean you have to try and be perfect all of the time. Nobody could handle living up to those standards. Remember your best is going to look different when you are exhausted versus well-rested; gloomy versus inspired; sad versus happy; etc.
We all know times in our lives when we haven’t done our best. It’s important to remember that it is okay. If you beat yourself up about it, you are only going to cause yourself more stress and headaches. One piece of advice Candace offered at my yoga teacher training was to evaluate yourself after every class. When you finish, ask yourself two questions: What went well? What could I have done better? The more honest you are with yourself, the better you’ll do in the future. This can be applied to so many parts of our lives. It doesn’t have to be a long, written out journal response (although it certainly could be!). Try to answer each question with one simple sentence. Self-awareness can have such an impact on how in tune you are with yourself.
I read the book The Four Agreements a little over one year ago. Writing these posts has been a good reminder on how to achieve personal freedom. Stop letting your self-limiting beliefs take over your life. You have so much to offer this world!