Every day, I do the very best I can.

Action Plan:

If you’re not familiar with the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, I highly recommend picking up a copy. In my opinion, it pretty much nutshells what we need to do in order to live a happier life. I need to reread it every few years, because I can tend to forget and slip back into old programming.

Today, I want to talk about the Fourth Agreement: Always do your best. At first glance, this agreement may make you think that it says that you should always be doing great. A couple of sayings come to mind: “Dedicate yourself to becoming your best;” or my favorite (and by favorite, I mean my least favorite), “Be You, Only Better.”

Yeah…. um… that’s not what he means. He means that some days you will completely suck … at work, at self-improvement … or just at life! And, if that’s the best that you can do for that day, then bravo! Just always do your best … every single day. Don’t judge yourself on anything other than, “Am I doing my best?”

And, actually, there might be a day when you didn’t do your best … um, don’t judge yourself for that either. Pretty much, just stop the judging! Now, of course, I don’t mean don’t strive for things, just be more gentle with yourself as you do. In fact, I don’t think I can say it any better than this quote from Robin Rice.

“You are neither a success nor a failure, for either would imply that you are complete, finished, done. You are a work of art perpetually in the midst of taking form. Each day you will look different. Each day you will seem a beauty or a wreck, depending on where you are in the process. Did no one ever teach you this? Ah, beloved, rest assured. Rest. Assured.”

Spiral level: ALL

Use when feeling: down on self, frustrated, lethargic, sad, indifferent