Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.
This is the Fourth of the Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
This agreement is last but not least. It allows the other three to become deeply ingrained habits.
The fourth agreement is about the actions of the first three: ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST. No matter what the circumstances are, always do your best, no more or less. Try to keep in mind that your best will change and will never be the same from one moment to the next. This IS okay. We are all constantly changing and so is everything around us and life changes as well. Because everything changes, sometimes your best will be high quality and sometimes it won’t. You know, when you wake up and feel all rested and ready to go, your best will be better then when you’re tired and feeling dragged down. Your best will be different if you are healthy or sick, sober or drunk. Your best will depend on how you are feeling, healthy, sick, worried, great, happy, angry and so one.
Even as your everyday mood changes, so will your best. It doesn’t matter what mood your in, how you feel, just remember to do your best, don’t try to do more than that and don’t do less. Remember this, don’t try to overdo your best. When you do, you’ll spend more energy than is needed and the results will be that your best isn’t good enough. When you overdo it, you deplete your body and your going against yourself, it will take longer to reach your goal. But if you do less than your best, you subject yourself to frustration, self-judgement, guilt, anger and
JUST DO YOUR BEST-- no matter what the circumstances are, no matter how you’re feeling, no matter what you’re going through --JUST DO YOUR BEST.
The first agreement will only work if you do your best. Don’t expect that you will always be impeccable with your word, just DO YOUR BEST to.
The second agreement will only work if you do your best. Don’t expect that you will never take anything personally, just DO YOUR BEST not to.
The third agreement will only work if you do your best. Don’t expect that you will never make another assumption, just DO YOUR BEST not to. By doing your best, you can change the habits of misusing your words, taking things personally, making assumptions and change them, weaken them and they will become less frequent with
Don’t worry if you struggle with these agreements. Don’t feel let down if you slip. JUST DO YOUR BEST and know that your best will change from moment to moment.
Don’t focus on how you will do in the future. Focus on today. Take the agreements one day at a time, one hour at a time, one moment at a time. Focus on loving you. Don’t expect your best to be prime all the time, that way, you won’t have feelings of not doing your best, just love and accept yourself and be open to allowing change.