Here are 30 ways you can practice implementing the Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best into your daily life:
Day 1: Begin by reading some thoughts on how to implement the Fourth Agreement.
Day 2: Start by talking to yourself better.
Day 3: Practice the art of having enough.
Day 4: Always doing your best takes practice, so practice a little every day.
Day 5: Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip. ― Glenn Beck, The Christmas Sweater
Day 6: You’re at your best when you are not comparing yourself to others.
Day 7: It doesn’t take anything complex to be happy, but it does take a commitment to be loving.
Day 8: Stop competing with someone else’s standards for living.
Day 9: “Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” ~Alan Watts
Day 10: We are at our best when we are in the service of others. Up to 10,000 are said to have died in Tacloban city, due to Super Typhoon Haiyan, and hundreds elsewhere. Hundreds of thousands are displaced. The storm is now heading for Vietnam.
Day 11: This is the only way you can be all you can be……
Day 12: Employ frequent and often use of the Best. Mantra. Ever! Svaha! Originally used in Vedic ritual to make oblations to the sacred fire, svaha is loosely translated as “an offering”, “to offer it up to the Universe”, or “so be it”.
You do what you can as an offering to the Universe, and then let things happen as they may. We do our best when we try, not when/if we get the outcome we expect, demand, or hope to get….sometimes that isn’t the outcome the Universe had in mind for you anyway.
Day 13: Let it go and MOVE ON.
Day 14: Dare we all make this prayer to live every moment of every day – good or bad? “Dear God,” she prayed, “let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry…have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere – be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost.” ― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Day 15: You only have NOW to give to this moment, this person, and to you. We often use the phrase, “Someday, I’ll….”, or “When I’m retired, I’ll…..”, or even “I don’t have the money or the time to do…..”. All the while you are missing NOW – get out there and DO what you came here to do!
Day 16: We often overcommit to others to gain their acceptance, yet under deliver because we aren’t honest about the amount of time or energy we truly have to give to a person, a project, a cause. Practice the Power of NO more often. Quantity may go down, but quality will increase ten-fold, and you will feel much more effective in your relationships.
Day 17: These are great reminders for how to practice being your best.
Day 18: Part of being your best means you learn from all of the ways that you were not your best. You make the effort to understand what the ramifications were to yourself and others when negative events occurred. People mistake the idea of not living in the past as somehow to mean that you forget the past altogether. We don’t forget the past, but do learn from it and we forgive ourselves and others for it. If you want remember why it is important to be a better person, go see 12 Years of a Slave….it will make you want to be better, to others and to yourself – it is a reminder of a history that we never want to repeat, but need to forgive one another and heal from.
Day 19: What story about your past, or the things done in the past, fits you best – one of anger, or one of redemption?
Day 20: Learn that “failure” is all a matter of perception.
Day 21: Let go of the incessant need to be perfect.
Day 22: Remember ”Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” —Henry James
Day 23: Just Stop.
Day 24: We spend too much time dwelling on mistakes. Rather than beating yourself up, over and over and over, learn the lesson, forgive yourself, and MOVE ON already.
Day 25: It’s time to challenge your self-defeating beliefs. When the negative thoughts arise, ask yourself, “Is this true? Is this necessary? What would my best friend say?” Then, you can begin to reframe your thinking to become more compassionate, more kind, and more productive.
Day 26: You will be tested time and time again until you get the message the Universe intends to send you. Be open to receiving it.
Day 27: “…Use it every way you can.”
Day 28: Today and everyday, practice gratitude. A good way to go about it is to write down 5 things you are thankful for at the end of each day.
Day 29: Sometimes we focus so much on what we want to do when we grow up that we forget who want to BE and how we want to feel. Focus your energy how you want to feel about yourself in the days ahead and what kind of friend you want to be both to yourself and others….what you want to do will blossom from there.
Day 30: Be good to yourself