If you do your best means working hard because you love the task, your work will begin to feel effortless. Thus, the final agreement – always doing your best – will increase the power of all other chords and help you free yourself. To this end, Ruiz proposes four new agreements that I can conclude today with myself: „The Four Agreements“ have given me not only the four agreements by which I have made small positive changes in my life, but the book has also helped me understand the process of „domestication“ and how this „Domestication“ has shaped my faith systems. Although he alludes to it in his latest „Toltec Pathway to Freedom“, the main weakness of the four chords is that Ruiz did not (or could not) clearly express the decisive importance of this plant tradition in neo-Columbianism. The result is a good description of „What“ awakening looks like, but few real tips on „how to get there“. Doing their best does not mean doing what is physically possible. This means doing the best you can manage individually, which can vary depending on the situation and your current circumstances. One way to do your best is to incorporate the previous three chords into your daily life. If you do, you can avoid feelings of regret and accept that people do their best at all times. They will come to enjoy the action instead of just taking advantage of the rewards associated with actions.
Similarly, Don Miguel suggests that we should work hard, because it makes us happy and not an external motivation. Don Miguel gives an example of salary. If the main motivation in our work is money, we will never do our best. In addition, we will be stuck in jobs that pay well, but we lack fulfillment and joy. Because of the lack of fulfillment in their work, these people will then spend their weekends partying, drinking and doing other things that harm their lives. These chains are developed from an early age. We are born into social norms that dictate the dreams we can have in life. The collective dream of the planet influences our individual dreams. This collective dream is taught to us by our parents, our schools, our religions and our politicians. It is through this training that we learn how to behave „properly,“ what we should believe, and the difference between right and wrong.