Book Summary: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

Book Summary: The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills

My Interpretation

We are the sum of our thoughts and actions, but most interestingly, often our thoughts are imbued in us by society and subconscious comparison to others. Mindfulness works in conjunction with this to observe your mind and thoughts as they occur as a preliminary step toward any positive redirection. People (myself included) are walking basket cases full of their own insecurities, issues, and worries, so it’s really a waste of your energy and time to take things personally or assume the worst. Show up as your best self, both to yourself in how you speak and think, and to others. Reclaim your sense of inner child by finding and sustaining what energizes and excites you.

Book Highlights

  • “That is why humans resist life. To be alive is the biggest fear humans have. Death is not the biggest fear we have; our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive — the risk to be alive and express what we really are. Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans. We have learned to live our lives trying to satisfy other people’s demands.”
  • “The first agreement is to be impeccable with your word.”
  • “The second agreement is don’t take anything personally.”
  • “Even the opinions you have about yourself are not necessarily true; therefore, you don’t need to take whatever you hear in your own mind personally. The mind has the ability to talk to itself, but it also has the ability to hear information that is available from other realms.”
  • “The third agreement is don’t make assumptions.”
  • “The fourth agreement is about the action of the first three: Always do your best.”
  • “Sometimes that little child comes out when you are having fun or playing, when you feel happy, when you are painting, or writing poetry, or playing the piano, or expressing yourself in some way. These are the happiest moments of your life — when the real you comes out, when you don’t care about the past and you don’t worry about the future. You are childlike. But there is something that changes all that: We call them responsibilities.”
  • “We are addicted to being the way we are. We are addicted to anger, jealousy, and self-pity. We are addicted to the beliefs that tell us, “I’m not good enough, I’m not intelligent enough. Why even try? Other people will do it because they’re better than me.” All of these old agreements which rule our dream of life are the result of repeating them over and over again. Therefore, to adopt The Four Agreements, you need to put repetition in action. Practicing the new agreements in your life is how your best becomes better. Repetition makes the master.”

 

Location Independence Simplified: Complete Toolkit for Lifestyle Business, Virtual Companies & Remote Work (Plus A Faster-Than-Typing Solution for Everyone)

Location Independence Simplified: Complete Toolkit for Lifestyle Business, Virtual Companies & Remote Work (Plus A Faster-Than-Typing Solution for Everyone)

The days of costly and rigid business overhead, rent and infrastructure are over. The following is everything you need to run a profitable and simple lifestyle business or to work remotely and still easily communicate with customers, employees/colleagues, virtual assistants, or partners. This will be updated for easiest and most useful technology and apps as I find and use them myself.

*Most relevant for: online-based consultants, coaches, service providers, and people who want to operate a 100% digital/paperless business.

*Note: All non-affiliate links below, and all the services below are very affordable or free.


Communicate Better With Team Members and Customers

Loom: My #1 favorite tool here. A faster-than-typing solution by creating quick videos without having to wait for Dropbox uploads or any other lags. Use to create training videos for your team or review items for your customers.

Zoom: Video conferencing and screen sharing to make phone calls infinitely more productive with team members and clients/customers. I have it on good authority that BlueJeans is easier and better than Zoom, if you happen to need an alternative for video meetings.

Google Drive: Limitless communication and data storing. Create docs and sheets to share with anyone that can be updated by multiple users in real-time.

Basecamp: Project management software if you have multiple team members. Organize and schedule tasks and to-dos without creating an instant messaging and email back and forth zoo.

Skype: Free and simple instant messaging.

ScheduleOnce or Calendly: Automate people booking time on your calendar for prospective and active clients. Back and forth on finding a mutual time is a terrible use of your existence.

Get Help: Virtual Assistance, Delegation, and Outsourcing

Fiverr: One-off transactional help for almost anything without having to manage anyone.

Upwork: More dedicated assistance from part-time to full-time contracted employment. Take advantage of geo-arbitrage and hire people from countries with weaker currencies (equals cheaper labor for you).

Get Paid: Accept Payment Online

The most elegant one-two combination to accept credit card payments and automate invoicing. Note: you need to integrate a Payment Gateway with Stripe; you cannot run Stripe as a standalone product.

Stripe: Payment Processor (siphon payments into your bank account from completed payments)

Payfunnels: Payment Gateway (input credit card info to accept payment)

Lock In What You Sold: Send Business Agreements

Docusign: Sign and send contracts online.


There are always more things you could add, like email-autoresponders and LeadPages, but I consider this the essentials kit. If you need help stringing it all together to make it work for you, post below or shoot me a message. Keep things as simple as possible; there are people crushing it who don’t even have a website.

 

Latest And Greatest Health Finds of August 2017 (Plus Noteworthy Throwbacks)

Latest And Greatest Health Finds of August 2017 (Plus Noteworthy Throwbacks)

Anti-Aging / Longevity

  • Gratitude is one of, if not the best anti-aging emotions even at a telomere-shortening mitigating level.

Biohacks

  • Heat Therapy

    • “Saunas are being used by some doctors to stimulate the release of toxins from the bodies of their patients. They have found that a lower temperature (105º-130ºF) sauna taken for a longer duration is most beneficial. These low temperatures stimulate a fat sweat, which eliminates toxins stored in fat, as opposed to the high temperature sauna, which encourages a water sweat.”
    • Sauna is best after exercise vs before.
    • Avoid depletion during sauna: Celtic Sea Salt Electrolyte Powder Mix
    • Support for niacin and sauna detox: http://saunadetoxprogram.com
  • Intermittent Fasting

    • Fasting optimizes repair. Longer fast (2-4 days) offer an order of magnitude more autophagy than standard 16-8
    • Fasting increases growth hormone, which is inversely tied to insulin (from eating).
  • Cold Therapy

    • Cold therapy right after training blunts hypertrophy. Better to wait an hour after training. Heat therapy is better after training.
  • Miscellaneous

    • Get sunlight as early in day as possible.

Breathing

Chemical / Toxin Mitigation

  • Great air purifier: airdoctorpro.com
  • Ozone and UV light generator to clean pool instead of Chlorine
  • Think Dirty app: scan cosmetic products for their toxicity/chemical level
  • Dr. Mindy Pelz: Knowledgeable resource

Dental Care & Hygiene

  • Add hydrogen peroxide to Waterpik water for killing of bacteria (can replace flossing).
  • Reverse cavities naturally
    • Fermented cod liver oil
    • Vitamins D
    • Vitamin K
    • Coconut oil pulling

Emotional and Mental Health

  • Here’s what brain research says will make you happy:
    • Ask, “What am I grateful for?” No answers? Doesn’t matter. Just searching helps.
    • Label those negative emotions. Give it a name, and your brain isn’t so bothered by it.
    • Decide. Go for “good enough” instead of “best decision ever made on Earth.”
    • Hugs, hugs, hugs. Don’t text — touch.
  • In their fascinating study “Would you be happier if you were richer?”, published in Science, Princeton professors Alan Krueger and Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for his work in behavioral economics, found that perhaps the best indicator of happiness was the frequency of eating with friends and family.
  • Unseen Therapist – Gary Craig 
  • Tension, Stress, Trauma Release: Watch the 8-minute Tremors video on T.R.E.’s official website to see how it works.

Essential Oils

  • Oregano oil drink diluted to kill bad bacteria and help heal gut. Honey and oregano oil only kill bad bacteria.

Mobility / Posture: Muscle, Joint and Skeletal System

Naturally Increase Testosterone

Nutrition

  • Supplements

    • Vitamin B-Complex Caps. This covers all of your bases for the B vitamins. These pills are free from common allergens, like soy, yeast, barley, wheat, and lactose.
    • Clean Chlorella and Spirulina: ENERGYbits
    • Krinos Mastic gum to help stave off hunger during fasting and for stomach health
    • Take Organifi (or greens powder of choice) 2x/day once per day, once in morning first thing on empty stomach, then in middle afternoon after lunch for optimal results
    • Restore 4 life to heal gut and fight against glyphosate
    • NSF database to check which supplements are certified. Most rigorous supplement certification.

Self-Quantification / Testing / Wearables