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8 Nuggets of Wisdom from the Four Agreements by Don Ruiz

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In his book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Ruiz, provides wonderful pieces of advice that will help you find freedom. The book is enlightening, and all individuals in search of true happiness should read it.

Here are seven nuggets of wisdom I learned from the book.

  1. We Always Domesticate Our Children

According to Don Ruiz, children are domesticated the same way animals are domesticated. We domesticate them by punishing them when they go against our rules and rewarding them when they obey us. They then grow up with a certain belief and behavioral system that is forced upon them.

  1. Our Belief System Guides Our Thoughts And Actions

We all have a set of beliefs that guide our thoughts and actions. These beliefs determine whether we’ll be positive or negative thinkers, and where we’ll end up in life.

  1. Why Your Beliefs Have the Power to Guide You

Your beliefs have the power to guide you because you believe they are true. You completely trust them hence allowing them to determine your thoughts, decisions, and actions.

  1. Our Biggest Fear is to Be Authentic

We avoid showing the world our true nature because our biggest fear is to be ourselves. Little do we know that most people who achieve personal freedom and true success are authentic. They never fear expressing who they truly are.

  1. Be Careful With Your Word

You must be careful with your word because it influences other people’s actions and attitudes. Your friend can start loving herself passionately if you constantly tell her that she is a wonderful being. Conversely, the same friend can dislike herself if you constantly tell her that she’s an ugly loser.

  1. Don’t Take Things Personally

Taking things people say personally shows that you agree with what they say. Stop agreeing with everything people say about you because whatever people say comes from their personal viewpoint. It’s all about them, and not you.

Taking things personally will waste your time and energy because you’ll keep thinking why some people said some things about you, and how you’ll get back at them.

  1. Stop Making Assumptions

Most of us make assumptions that eventually hurt us. For instance, we love making assumptions about our friends, spouses, and relatives. We assume they know what hurts and what doesn’t hurt us, and we get offended when they do something that hurts us.

  1. Always Do Your Best

Do your best because by doing so you’ll avoid guilt and regret as you’ll love yourself, and you’ll be more fruitful. Don Ruiz defines doing your best as enjoying the action you take without expecting rewards. You, therefore, know you are doing your best when you are working while not thinking about payday.

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Seven Amazing Lessons From The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

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Seven Amazing Lessons From The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

In his book, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra provides seven spiritual laws you can use to achieve success. He defines success as ‘the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.’

Deepak Chopra believes applying the seven laws of success will enable you to manifest your desires because Infinite Intelligence/Nature/God used the same laws to create the physical universe.

Here are Deepak Chopra’s laws of success.

1.The Law of Pure Potentiality

The first law of success is realizing that your true nature is pure potentiality and infinite creativity. You then reap the benefits of this nature by practicing silence, meditation, and non-judgment.

2.The Law of Giving

According to the law of giving, you ‘must give and receive in order to keep wealth and affluence or anything you want in life.’ You receive when you give because giving ensures the circulation of life’s abundance in your life.

3.The Law of Karma/Cause and Effect

The law of Karma demands you to be conscious of the effect of your choices because they make you take action that determines the life you’ll live. Moreover, being conscious of your choices ensures success because you’ll only make choices that make you happy.

4.The Law of Least Effort

This law is based on the fact that nature functions effortlessly. Fish swim effortlessly, birds don’t struggle to fly, and flowers don’t try to bosom. Deepak believes you easily fulfill your desires when you work effortlessly like nature. He claims that you work effortlessly when your duties are motivated by love because love holds nature together.

5.The Law of Intention and Desire

According to this law, your intention powers your desires, and it has infinite organizing power which directs the universe to fulfill your desires. However, intention only works when you don’t violate the other laws of success.

6.The Law of Pure Detachment

Deepak Chopra teaches that you apply this law when you step into the unknown and release your attachment to the known. He teaches that wanting to completely know what might happen in the next moment blocks success because it shuts down infinite possibilities.

7.The Law of Purpose in Life

This law states that we came into the physical world to fulfill a certain purpose. Besides this, it states that we all have talents, and we can be rich by satisfying the folks who need our talents. For instance, a comedian can become wealthy by satisfying people who want to laugh while a writer can become wealthy by writing for book lovers.

Hope you’ll apply the laws in your life. However, you must read the book to understand all the laws fully.

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10 Main Lessons from Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday, explains how the Ego leads to failure and how it makes it difficult for individuals to maintain success. Last week, I shared 40 Amazing quotes from the book. Today, I’ll share the main lessons from Ryan Holiday’s amazing book.

1.Too Much Talk About Your Work Depletes You

People love talking too much about their work because they are unaware of the negative effect of excessive talk.

Excessive talking decreases insights and provides a false sense of achievement. It also makes you think you’ve worked hard towards your goals.

2.You Must Adopt a Student Mindset

You must adopt a student’s mindset because there’s so much to learn in your career. You adopt a student mindset by striving to learn from everyone and looking for areas to improve on a daily basis. The student mindset allows you to quickly improve your skills and find better methods of working.

3.Attach Yourself to People Who Achieved Success in Your Field

Associating with people that have succeeded in your field helps to eradicate your ego because it enlightens you that some people are more skilled than you. Besides, you learn a lot from these individuals and quickly achieve success when you work with them. 

4.Practice Self-Control on Your Journey to Success

You must practice self-control when pursuing success because bad things will happen on your journey. For instance, many people will treat you poorly regardless of your socio-economic status, and you’ll be forced to work behind the scenes.

5.The Dangers of Pride

Pride makes you miss opportunities because it prevents you from establishing reliable relationships. Besides, it awakens your negative aspects and eradicates the desire to learn from others.

6.Know What You Want In Life

It’s easier to succeed if you know what you want because this knowledge enables you to avoid distractions. Furthermore, knowing what you want prevents you from desiring what successful people own because you’ll realize that your goal is more important than their possessions.

7.Maintain Your Sobriety When Things Get Better

Maintain sobriety when success starts approaching by avoiding behavior that reinforces the ego. This behavior includes obsessing with your self-image, despising people, desiring better treatment, and over-focusing on your self-anointed importance.

8.Ego Betrays You When Things Get Difficult

Ego prevents you from overcoming difficulty because it focuses on the negative side of difficulties. It also discourages you and provides sensible excuses that prevent you from overcoming difficulty.  As Ryan Holiday puts it, ‘ego says; I knew you couldn’t do it. Why did you ever try? It claims: This isn’t worth. This isn’t fair. This is somebody’s else’s problem. Why don’t you come up with a good excuse and wash your hands of this? It tells us we shouldn’t have to put up with this. It tells us that we’re not the problem.’

9.Choose Alive Time during Failure

During failure, you must choose ‘alive time’ by dedicating every second to improving your skills and using your surroundings to create a better situation.

10.Always Love

Avoid hate because, as Ryan Holiday puts it, ‘it is a cancer that gnaws away at the very vital center of your life and existence.’ Embrace love because it enables you to quickly move on and avoid the distractions associated with investigating the wrongs committed against you.

There are many great lessons from Ego is the Enemy, you must read the book to access them all. Anyway, thanks for reading.

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