Be Impeccable With Your Word – a look at the First Agreement

I recently started reading a book called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz.

This book has become widely popular for its wise and simple ideas that are easy to adopt into daily life.

The book talks about four agreements that if implemented can make a dramatic and positive change in your life.

The Four Agreements are:

– The First Agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word

– The Second Agreement: Don’t Take Anything Personally

– The Third Agreement: Don’t Make Assumptions

– The Fourth Agreement: Always Do Your Best

All of these agreements sound like really good ideas to build into your life regardless of how enlightened you might be.

The one that really resonates with me is the First Agreement: Be Impeccable With Your Word. This agreement focuses on being mindful with what you say to people. How often do we throw our integrity or authenticity out the window to get what we want? Or how often do we engage in meaningless gossip that just leads to a more toxic work environment? Or worse, think about how easy it is to tell that white lie that snowballs into a way bigger deal than you thought it would be?

Essentially, the First Agreement basically means to “Do what you say and say what you do”. The book goes quite in depth in terms of how best to practice the First Agreement and I highly recommend you give it a read.

For the next 30 days, my goal is to practice the First Agreement diligently and be mindful of ┬ámy words both in professional and personal situations. I’ll check back in with you in 30 days to let you know how it goes.

The book is available everywhere and usually for cheap at a used book store. If you don’t have the time to read the book, sign up for Philosophers Notes and you can get a quick six page summary of “The Four Agreements.”


  1. The first agreement reminds me of a quote from a Dr Seuss story ‘Horton hatches the egg': “I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant’s faithful one hundred percent.”

    At the same time it’s very difficult to live up to that.

  2. You are in for a transformative experience. This book has made a very big impact on my life and relationships. I look forward to reading about your experience!

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