Words are powerful. Like nuclear energy, they can be used for good or evil, to build up or destroy. Words originate in the mind. It has often been said that words reflect the inner man or the heart of a person. All of us fall short from time to time. Some more than others and some with a higher frequency than others. Nobody is perfect. However, you will be judged by your words. Ask any West Point graduate about the emphasis they put on being impeccable with their word.
Would you like to improve being impeccable with your word? It will require practice and self-assessment. Assessing ourselves can be difficult. We all have blind spots. It can be difficult to get proper feedback from others to help eliminate our blind spots. Many of us never seek out this kind of feedback. We typically think we are just fine the way we are.
For those who are interested in self-assessment and self-improvement, it takes practice. It can also help to have trusted friends and family who will give you honest feedback. Another way to improve is to have a group of likeminded people and hold each other accountable. That is why assembling at a church, religious centers, or AA and NA, etc. works. These gatherings have all been strained or missing during the lockdown. Read on if you are missing your preferred assemblage.
Some years ago a friend introduced me to the main points of a book called The Four Agreements. During one of our weekly meetings, he shared those four agreements. We all realized we were stronger in some areas and needed to work on others. It is a great way to self assess.
The Four Agreements Summary
- Be impeccable with your word.
- Don’t take anything personally.
- Don’t make assumptions.
- Always do your best.
I got the book on Audible a couple of years ago. For those without Audible, I was able to share most of the book via YouTube. It is not the complete book but it does contain the primary portions. Many friends have found it worth listening to. Especially with all this time on our hands. Without further ado, I give you the first of the Four Agreements. It is 24 minutes and if your YouTube is set to autoplay it will go to the next agreement. I hope you enjoy this!