10.06.2013

Always Do Your Best



Our Four Agreements book club concludes this week with the final video, Always Do Your Best. I've been blown away by your comments the past few weeks. Thank you for sharing your experiences with all of us. This is my favorite agreement because it gives us hope. We don't have to be perfect. We are going to make mistakes. All that matters is that we honestly try to do our best in every moment.

This agreement relates to so many of the topics in Lessons from Madame Chic, like "look presentable always" and "simple pleasures". You'll hear more about that and much more in this week's video. If you are unable to see the video above, click here, look in the sidebar of this blog, or visit my channel: www.youtube.com/TheDailyConnoisseur.

Here are some notable quotes from the chapter:

The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: Always do your best.
p. 75

You will see that all of the agreements are intertwined. You will notice that the four of them combined affect so much of your life. And really, all you can do when you're practicing being impeccable with your word, not taking things personally and not making assumptions, is to do your best.

If you always do your best there is no way you can judge yourself. And if you don't judge yourself there is no way you are going to suffer from guilt, blame and self-punishment. p. 77

Just do your best. Don't shame yourself if you slip up. Try to learn from each and every one of your failures. Let them make you stronger, not weaker.

Doing your best, you are going to live your life intensely. p. 78

YES! :)

Doing your best really doesn't feel like work because you enjoy whatever you are doing. p. 81

This really reminds me about simple pleasures. Just taking pleasure in the simple and small things in life... thinking about tasks that are traditionally boring and mundane and getting pleasure out of them. Practice this and you can enjoy yourself no matter what you are doing.

If you are impeccable with your word, if you don't take anything personally, if you don't make assumptions, if you always do your best, then you are going to have a beautiful life. p. 88

This is a nice quote to conclude on. It all sounds so simple but we know that it is not easy. The best way is to be aware every day. Be present in your own life and just do your best.

As always, I would love to hear from you. What is your experience with always doing your best?

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11 comments:

Shayla Deluy said...

Love this video ! Merci.

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Ann R. said...

Thank you for that installment. In the past, I would say to my son, "Just try your best." and he would be so frustrated because he thought I was saying 'to do it perfectly'. It is nice to remember that to 'do your best' is like saying 'be present' with whatever you do, which sort of, takes the pressure off. I feel like if I am present and try my best, then the outcome is what it is - I have done all I could do, and that is a comfort to me.

Bree said...

Wonderful video! My favorite quote is "Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret." This really helped me let go of some guilt I felt over a time in my life when I felt I could have tried harder to reach a goal, but instead chose to give up because it was the right decision at the time. If I were presented with this dilemma today I know that I could accomplish more, but at the time I did what I could, then had to walk away. My best then was not as good as my best would be now, but it was still the best I could do, and I can be proud of myself nonetheless.

Ann R. said...

Yes, Bree. You hit the nail on the head. I thought that as well. Only you said it so eloquently. :-)

Emma Knight Peel said...

This is my favorite agreement, too. I've heard many stories of examples, such as a cheerful mailroom employee who got noticed and promoted to a high position due to his attitude. I had a bad attitude at my jobs when I was younger, too, and still do sometimes because my life isn't where I want it to be. But, I will make more of an effort to do my best at whatever I'm doing.

Sue obryan said...

This agreement is so nicely dovetailed to Madame Chic . . . and I can't tell you how daily I think of this agreement and "always look presentable" because at 46 I am a late bloomer to make up of any kind and not schlepping around in sweats and sneakers. This agreement goes with me everywhere now, at work; in my relationship with my husband, my son, my parents; when I go to the grocery store; when I wash dishes; when I do ANYTHING . . . I feel so much better about myself and the world when I practice this agreement.

novelist said...

Yes, really enjoying even the little things really makes a difference in my day. Always doing your best could really be magical in what results--I agree. This agreement in particular was such a message of hope. I look forward to working on this. Jennifer, reading this book was such a worthwhile exercise! Thank you for all of your effort in spearheading this!

Catherine Staat said...

I have really enjoyed your insight on each of the agreements! I am reading this book now and will be reading with our book club in November. Your videos will be shared as we go through it. Thank you for taking the time to share with us. :)

Cat

birdie to be said...

I loved this chapter too! Thank you for the great book review! I enjoyed following along :)

Charlene said...

Thanks for your book club discussion of this book. It encouraged me to re-read the book and to think about the agreements again. These are such worthwhile goals but I know that unless I remind myself of them regularly, it's easy to be less than diligent about them. It's also important to remember (as Bree said) that doing our best depends on our circumstances at the moment. Loved the tie-in with chapters of your book.

 
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