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Book Club: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Author: Debbie May
Thursday, July 7, 2016

This book is a self-wisdom book that helps guide the reader to a life of personal freedom and happiness through individual growth and stress management.
Debbie May’s Favorite Quote from this Book:
“You can have many great ideas in your head, but what makes the difference is the action. Without action upon an idea, there will be no manifestation, no results, and no reward.”

Book Summary
Picture sitting at the foot of a greater being and hearing words of wisdom that were so simple, yet profound that you walked away feeling you could truly be a better person. That is how I felt after reading this book. The clarity of each agreement along with picturesque descriptions drove home the idea that the agreements can  transform everyday experiences into a life of freedom, happiness and love. The four agreements are:
1. “Be Impeccable With Your Word”. This means speaking with integrity, saying what you mean, avoiding speaking against others/gossiping and using the power of your word for truth and love.
2. “Don’t Take Anything Personally”. This concept is the notion that nothing others do is because of you. The things others do is a projection of their own reality and their own dreams.
3. “Don’t Make Assumptions”. Find the courage to ask questions and express yourself. Communicate clearly with others to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. This is the strongest of agreements because personal change in this area can transform your life. 
4. “Always Do Your Best.” Your best will change moment to moment to moment and is influenced by health. If you always do your best then you are less susceptible to self-judgement and regret.   
Implications for Business
When starting and growing a business money can be scarce. You want to resist the temptation to embellish a situation. Smoke and mirrors is just that and in the long term, when the truth is revealed (and it always comes out), you run the risk of discrediting your business. Not speaking the truth clutters the mind and stifles creativity.

 Have you ever heard the phrase, “It was a business decision?” Very successful business owners understand early on that “business is business” and personal thoughts/feelings must be set aside for the greater good. You can’t take things personally because this clouds judgement. Your business exists for one purpose, to make a profit.
It is human nature to try and figure out situations we do not understand by making assumptions. In business it is vital you do not make assumptions, in fact the most successful leaders do not make any assumptions at all. They ask many questions and obtain all necessary information to make good solid business decisions. Assumptions are influenced by subconscious influences and the majority of the time will be detrimental to business.
The fourth and final agreement is to always do your best. It sounds simple but can be hard for small business owners trying to wear many hats and juggle several balls at one time. Prioritize what needs to be done and give yourself time to do each thing not only well, but your best.
In conclusion, I am big believer in self-awareness and emotional intelligence. Being aware of situations where these four agreements can be practiced will help lay the groundwork for a successful business while creating a life of personal freedom,  happiness and love.

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