(Health Secrets Newsletter) When I first started on this journey of creating a healthy, happy, inspired lifestyle, I read a book by Don Miguel Ruiz called The Four Agreements. I was captivated by the philosophy shared in the book and read it multiple times. The perspective shared influenced the direction of my life in a way I could never have anticipated. This is the third article in a series of articles exploring the agreements in relation to that lifestyle. In the first one, learn how to stop undermining the life you want. In the second, set yourself free from the control of others.
The Third Agreement
Always Do Your Best – If you approach every life experience committed and dedicated to doing your best, you will live with no regrets. If you are convinced you are always giving every experience 100% of what you have at that moment to give, it’s much easier to walk away without feeling guilty, regretful or disappointed.
Make no mistake, always doing your best does not mean being the best. Being the best if different from doing your best. Give that some thought! Doing you best meansenjoying the moments as they are happening, being present, and living without feelings of regrets. It means allowing your life to be full of happiness, fun, joy and love. Always doing your best does not mean you must sacrifice and suffer to be the best. It means giving what you have to give at that moment considering time, energy and emotions.
A quote from the book will help illustrate this: Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same one moment to the next. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times will not be as good. When you wake up refreshed and energized in the morning, your best will be better than when you are tired at night. Your best will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick, or sober as opposed to drunk. Your best will depend on whether you are feeling wonderful and happy or upset, angry or jealous.
If you always offer your best, you will let go of the need to judge. When you judge (yourself or others), you criticize and find fault which leads to feeling guilty, bad about yourself, and inadequate.
Always doing your best is based in knowing you are worthy, deserving, confident in your skills and abilities, and shining in your divinity. Always doing your best allows you to live without judgment of yourself or others. You believe everyone is doing the best they can do with what they have available to them.
Always do your best because you want to instead of because you think you should. Coming from a space of wanting to is so much more empowering than coming from a place of should. Enjoy the freedom of wanting to!
Use the term I get to instead of the term I have to. It leads to feelings of empowerment instead of feelings of powerlessness. Always doing your best leaves you with a sense of freedom, happiness, satisfaction and a new way of thinking: I don’t have to be the best, I don’t have to be perfect. I just have to do my best in each and everything I choose to do. What a relief!
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