Always do your best is the last agreement. It is the one that allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits. This agreement is about the Action of the first three agreements.
It is like it is said, always do your best, in any circumstance, always do your best, no more no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next. In your everyday moods your best can change from one moment to another, from one hour to the next, from one day to another. Your best will also change over time. As you build the habit of the four agreements, you best will become better than it used to be. Regardless of the quality, keep doing your best – no more no less than your best. If you try too hard to do more than your best, you will spend more energy than is needed and in the end your best will not be enough. When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself, and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal. But if you do less than your best, you subject yourself to frustrations, self-judgment, guilt, and regrets.
Just do your best – in any circumstance in your life. If you always do your best there is no way you can judge yourself and if you don’t judge yourself there is no way you are going to suffer from guilt, blame, and self-punishment. Doing your best is taking the action because you love it, not because you’re expecting a reward. Most people do exactly the opposite: they only take action when they expect a reward, and they don’t enjoy the action, that is the reason why they don’t do their best. If we take action just for the sake of doing it, without expecting a reward, we will find that we enjoy every action we do. Reward will come, but we are not attached to the reward. You can even get more than you would have imagined for yourself without expecting a reward. If we like what we do, if we always do our best, then we are really enjoying life. We are having fun, we don’t get bored, we don’t have frustrations. When you do your best you learn to accept yourself. But you have to be aware and learn from your mistakes. Learning from your mistakes means you practice, look honestly at the results, and keep practicing. This increases your awareness.
The first three agreements will only work if you do your best. Don’t expect that you will always be able to be impeccable with your word. Your routine habits are too strong and firmly rooted in your mind. But you can do your best. Don’t expect that you will never take anything personally; just another assumption, but you can certainly do your best. By doing your best, the habits of making assumptions will become weaker and less frequent with time. You don’t need to judge yourself, feel guilty, or punish yourself if you cannot keep these agreements. If you’re doing your best, you will feel good about yourself even if you still make assumptions, still take things personally, and still are not impeccable with your word. Always do your best.
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