If you’ve been following my blog you know that I’ve been working my way through posting on the agreements in The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. And now we’re on the last one. I love this last agreement because it almost gives me a sense of relief. The previous three agreements take work! This one does too, but it kind of feels like he gives you a little break.
Always do your best.
That’s it. Just do the best you can. And if you mess up one day, start fresh and try to do your best from that point on. See what I mean? It’s a little easier. There’s no demanding and there’s no punishment if you don’t. Just do your best at every given moment. And if you realize something wasn’t exactly your best? Just try to do better from that point on. It’s like in the Law of Attraction when they say to ‘reach for the better feeling thought.’ And that’s key.
In the book, don Miguel says “But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next.” Sometimes your best is going to be really, really good. Other times your best is barely going to be good at all. And on those days when it’s not? No worries, just do your best, reach for the better feeling thought, and stop beating yourself up about it.
And the beating yourself up part is huge. At least for me. Here’s an example. The hubby and I just got back from a week away. I was really looking forward to relaxing while on vacation. Problem is I wasn’t able to completely let go of a bunch of stuff until halfway through the week. Because of that I could feel myself starting to get angry with myself. I was starting to beat myself up because I couldn’t relax and because I wasn’t taking care of me. Talk about counter productive.
By beating myself up I was just continuing the cycle of not taking care of myself. But it suddenly dawned on me that all I had to do was do my best. And it worked. Was my first day of ‘letting go’ and doing my best a great day? No, but because I just kept reaching for a better feeling thought and doing my best, it was better than the day before. So I kept doing it. And lo and behold, things turned from stressed and uptight, to pretty darn good. So today I challenge you to give yourself a break and
Just be the best you can be…for now.