Everything we do is based on agreements we have made. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, what everyone else is, how to act, what is possible, and what is impossible. What we have agreed to believe creates what we experience. When these agreements come from fear, blocks and obstacles develop keeping us from realizing our greatest potential. ~don Miguel Ruiz
You might have heard of “The 4 Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz and found them very helpful in your life, but have you every considered applying them to business? In 2007 I came across an article with “the 4 Agreements for Business”.
The 4 Agreements for Business offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform your life and your work into a new experience of effectiveness, balance and self supporting behavior.
Agreement 1 – BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Most importantly, to be impeccable with your word is to never use it against yourself. Putting yourself down will stop the creative process in your business. With others, speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Your word is your bond. You will create consistency in the delivery of your service or product, and create a trust with your clientele, empowering you to expand. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth.
Agreement 2 DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
In business, as a leader, you have to let things roll off your back – nothing others do to you or say to you is because of you. It is their perception or belief. Being attached to your opinion is where freedom is lost. When you are immune to the opinion of others, you can clearly focus on objective avoiding drama and time spent at the water cooler.
Agreement 3 – DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
It is critical to your business to communicate with others as clearly as you can with your intentions to avoid misunderstandings. Follow-up and verifying the communication links with employees and clients to firm up next steps, actions, or consequences. Also, have the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want from your employees, vendors, and clients. You will see huge strides in your business success when you do this.
Agreement 4 ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
You will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
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