According to Ruiz, everything we do is based on agreements we have made, agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are those we make with ourselves. In these agreements, we tell ourselves who we are, how we should behave, what is possible, what is impossible. A single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that come in fear, that deplete our energy and reduce our self-esteem. When we see that it is our chords that dominate our lives, and that we do not love the dream of our lives, we must change the chords. When we are finally ready to change our agreements, there will be four very powerful agreements that will help us break the agreements that come from fear and exhaust our energy. There are thousands of agreements that you have made with yourself, with other people, with your dream of life, with God, with society, with your parents, with your spouse, with your children. But the main agreements are the ones you have with yourself. In these agreements, you tell yourself who you are, what you feel, what you believe and how you behave. The result is what you call your personality. In these agreements, you say, “It`s me.
That`s what I think. I can do certain things, and some things I can`t do. It`s a reality, it`s imagination. it is possible, it is impossible. You need a very strong will to adopt these four agreements — but if you can start living with these agreements, the transformation of your life will be incredible. You will see the drama of hell disappear before your eyes. Instead of living in a dream of hell, you will create a new dream, your personal dream from heaven. A single agreement is not such a problem, but we have many agreements that make us suffer, that make us fail in life. If you want to lead a life of joy and accomplishment, you must find the courage to break the agreements that are based on fear and that claim your personal power. Agreements that come from fear require us to expend a lot of energy, but the agreements that come from love help us to save energy and even to produce energy. Every time you break a deal, all the power you used to create it comes back to you. If you accept these four new agreements, they will create enough personal power for you to change the whole system of your old agreements.
The word is so powerful that a word can change a life or destroy the lives of millions of people. A few years ago, a man in Germany manipulated an entire country of the most intelligent people with this word.