Be Impeccable With Your Word
Our Four Agreements book club begins with the first agreement: be impeccable with your word. Don Miguel Ruiz's bestselling book has been a complete inspiration in my life. The agreements are not easy to live by all the time, but, for me, that is the fun in life— waking up, seeing where the day takes you, being open and curious and always doing your best.
This week's video discusses the first agreement, Be Impeccable With Your Word. My videos will discuss my personal journey with each agreement and each blog post will share favorite quotes from the chapter and my interpretation of the quotes. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or check out my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur .
The following are some of my favorite quotes from this chapter. The quotes from the book are in italics and my commentary is below each quote:
Why your word? Your word is the power that you have to create. p. 26
This is so true! Your word is very powerful. More powerful than you could ever imagine. It makes sense to become mindful about the words you are speaking, writing and thinking.
It is through your word that you manifest everything. p. 26
I firmly agree that your intent is manifested through your word. It is the vehicle we use to communicate but also the vehicle we use to manifest and most of us do not realize this.
Being impeccable with your word is not using the word against yourself. p. 32
In order to stop the pattern of self-sabotage you must change the way you speak and think about yourself. Question any negative thoughts you have about yourself and change them to loving thoughts.
Being impeccable with your word is the correct use of your energy; it means to use your energy in the direction of truth and love for yourself. p. 32
When people speak negatively, they think they are only hurting others, but really they are hurting themselves. They are not making correct use of their energy.
The truth is the most important part of being impeccable with your word. p. 37
Don Miguel Ruiz goes on later to write that people lie because they are afraid. They are afraid that others will find out they are not perfect. Ridding yourself of this fear, the need to present a perfect facade and the need to people please will give you infinite freedom.
Impeccability of the word can lead you to personal freedom, to huge success and abundance; it can take away all fear and transform it into joy and love. p.45
This is kind of like the ten-item wardrobe. Bear with me on this one. With the ten-item wardrobe, you first have to clear all of the clutter from your closet. All of the clothes that don't suit you; that don't speak to who you truly are. You must do the same thing with your word. You need to cull your words and thoughts and throw out anything that doesn't work with who you are now. A very liberating experience!
Here is our active challenge for the week: notice what words you think and speak. Are the majority negative or positive?
Please watch this week's video for a more in depth discussion on the topic.
I would love to hear your thoughts on being impeccable with your word. Please write in the comments, tweet me, facebook me or blog/ vlog about it. I want to hear from you!
Next week we will discuss the second agreement: don't take anything personally. See you then!
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