The Four Agreements
As part of our personal and professional development, all of the True Spirit CrossFit coaches read one leadership book a quarter. A couple of years ago we read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
I have read and re-read this book many times. It is one of my favorites for actionable personal and professional development. It's just 4 steps and will show you the difference between easy and simple. The Four Agreements are simple and not easy.
The past three #mentaltoughness Thursdays I have reviewed the agreements. Today I explore the final and simplest of all four: DO YOUR BEST.
Practice makes the master. The more you practice something, the better you will become. Doing your best at the beginning of a new skill, be it the Four Agreements or snatching, will look very different than when you've practiced for a few weeks, months or years.
Doing your best is not just giving up and saying, "Hey! I tried!" It means doing, not trying.
Doing your best also means forgiving yourself of your mistakes and learning from them. We learn more from our failure than our success. So if you've practiced the agreements and fell short on two, examine why it didn't go so well and do better next time.
Living your life with the four agreements takes constant daily, or in my case, minute by minute practice. I do my best and when I fail I examine what I could have done better. Usually I violate the second agreement, I take things personally. Having this self awareness helps me notice when I've taken something personally. Then I try to be impeccable with my word. See how all of these agreements fit together?
Don Miguel Ruiz describes doing your best this way:
Always do your best is the agreement that everybody can do. Your best is, in fact, the only thing you can do. And the best you can do doesn’t mean that sometimes you give 80 percent and other times you just give 20 percent. You’re always giving 100 percent — that’s always your intention — it’s just that your best is always changing. From one moment to the next, you are never the same. You are alive and changing all the time, and your best is also changing from one moment to the next.
Perhaps Master Yoda said it best, "Do or do not. There is no try."
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