As business owners there are many things that can weigh on our minds.
When our minds are cluttered our business can suffer and so do our lives.
Conversations with our significant others are less enjoyable. The activities we perform are not as fun as they could be and so we don’t get energized by them as we should.
In an attempt to make sure that I enjoy not only my time off but the work I do and the people I do it with.
Over the weekend I started and finished a quick book by the name of “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.
The book focuses on four agreements that place you in the driver’s seat of your mind and emotions in response to the world.
For the following few days after reading the book I became really hung up on the agreements I have made with myself over the years. Where they came from and how they were impacting me as a person, a father, a husband and business owner.
It was really eye opening. A personal journey that I recommend everyone take.
Once I was done with the self reflection I then shifted my attention to consciously making new agreements with myself.
It’s been two weeks since I have read the book and my quality of life has already improved drastically.
Facing things that used to be emotional roadblocks is now like looking at something that is a part of nature.
I have started designing agreements with clients and what to do when things go wrong. What kind of mindstate they can expect and maintain. What the process is for when they feel stuck.
This approach has been so freeing. I no longer feel like I am leaving anyone unprepared.
When things don’t go as planned the agreement I have made with myself is that I will not only have the grace and patience to handle the problem. I will happily do it because I know that on the other side of the problem is knowledge that will make me a stronger person.
Our business lives are filled with agreements that we didn’t even know existed.
They prevent you from making that call, sending that email, following up with that client, asking for feedback.
The thing is. When you acknowledge that they exist, thank them for their service to your survival and then make a new one. The possibilities are endless.
So I challenge you to:
1. Read the book.
2. Examine what agreements you have made with yourself.
3. Make new agreements with yourself.
4. And last but not least. Move forward consciously making agreements with those who appear in front of you.