The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz


Why The Four Agreements and Haleakalā

I paired this book with Hawaii because I first read it when I did hiked the Na Pali coast on Kauai this past January. I had tried reading this book a few times before but had not been ready to hear its message. After hiking an eleven miles of treacherous terrain to the Kalalau Beach, Rose and I spent a day in that beautiful spot before heading back. During that day, I read The Four Agreements.


I aspire to live by the Four Agreements: 1) Be Impeccable With Your Word. 2) Don’t Take Anything Personally. 3) Don’t Make Assumptions. 4) Always Do Your Best. This advice is so simple, yet so very difficult to follow in day to day living. This is probably a book that I should reread every year to remind myself over and over that while I may not be able to control the world, I can control my perception of the world. It’s a short read (a few hours) and is a worthwhile investment of your time!

More About The Four Agreements

In The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book), bestselling author don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.


In a nutshell, here are the Four Agreements:

  • Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love…”
  • Don’t Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life…”
  • Don’t Take Anything Personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering…”
  • Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret…”


The Four Agreements was a New York Times bestseller for over 8 years and sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. It has been translated into 40 languages worldwide.