Ever been stuck in a situation when you understand something but can’t explain it? For me, reading the four agreements was something like that. I understood what was being said. those page-fulls of text describing and defining the world the world we know in the context of the toltec did resonate with me. However, when asked what I was taking away, all I had to say was this: There are four things to do that will reduce stress and make life easier to live, as well as making you more proactive.
Be impeccable with your word
Don’t take anything personally
Don’t make assumptions
Always do your best
Basically, the four agreements was just a detailed analysis of the very first habit, Be Proactive.
Here’s the thing. I can’t think of anything else. As refreshing as the read was, it was just a retelling of things I had thought about years earlier. Thinking about it, it all made sense. But, that was pretty much it. Don Miguel Riz managed to write about the unspoken truths of life, yet keep them shrouded in the blanket of mystery once you were done reading.
And that is about it.
I might be doing some detailed post on the subtleties someday. I wonder if my blog will stay shrouded like that.
We all want to do so many things. We want to write that story that’s been nagging us at the back of our heads for months. We want to watch that movie that is rumored to be so good and inspiring. We want to study for that exam that’s knocking at the door. We want to read that awesome book that makes you feel like heaven. Whatever it is, something is always holding us back. Continue reading “Personal Bank Account: Change Yourself, and You Change the World”
We often don’t realize how big a role habits play in our lives. From getting up in the morning to going to bed at night, almost all our activities are habits. The three meals a day, the reading time, the office time, the school time, the chores time, doing the dishes (or avoiding doing them very cleverly); it’s all a part of the daily routine we’ve unconsciously set for ourselves. It’s all a part of the series of habits we make ourselves repeat everyday of our lives.
At one point or the other in our lives, we all procrastinate, even if it’s just for five minutes. That doesn’t hurt much. But it does hurt when you procrastinate for hours upon hours or even days on end. So many other things seem so much easier to do. A lot of people will agree with me. Continue reading “Procrastination: The Bane of Effectiveness”