Thursday's Thoughts: Leaders Practice The Fifth Agreement

One of my all-time favorite books and a book I've also featured and recommended to you on Thursday’s Thoughts is The Four Agreements.  This week I’d like to feature the sequel to this book, The Fifth Agreement, which continues the journey of recovering authenticity in oneself. The Four Agreements was published many years ago.  If you have read the book, you already know what these agreements can do.  They have the ability to transform your life by breaking thousands of limiting agreements you have made with yourself, with other people and with life itself.

The Four Agreements include:

  • Be impeccable with your word
  • Don’t take anything personally
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Always do your best

The first time you hear these Four Agreements you feel that you already know them because they are pure common sense.  They speak to the heart of all human beings and go much deeper than just the words you are hearing.

With practice, these four simple agreements take you to what you really are, not what you pretend to be.  Just like magic, because they are magic, the Four Agreements slowly help you to recover your authentic self.

Now it’s time for another gift: The Fifth Agreement: Be skeptical but learn to listen.

This agreement is made with words, of course, but its meaning and intent is beyond the words.  The Fifth Agreement is ultimately about seeing your whole reality with the eyes of truth, without words.

The result of practicing the Fifth Agreement is the complete acceptance of yourself just the way you are, and the complete acceptance of everybody else just the way they are.  The reward is your eternal happiness.

If you’re interested in continuing this self-mastery guide you can find it here.