Always Do Your Best

Always Do Your Best

The Fourth Agreement “Always Do Your Best”, advises us to always do our best through incorporating the three first agreements into our daily lives. This enables us to avoid the dangers of “resulting”. We did everything right yesterday, but nothing happened. We did everything right so far today, and already things outside of our control are going wrong. We want a payback for our efforts, but the short-term lack of one is normal, par for the course and unavoidable. Being comfortable that we have always done our best allows to accept the likely lack of immediate positive results. As long as you put an honest effort into life, you will have nothing to be ashamed of, and won’t beat yourself up over less-than-stellar results.

Don Miguel Ruiz later published a fifth agreement, “Be Sceptical But Learn To Listen.” People tell us differing and sometimes incompatible stories. A natural scepticism is the starting point to be able to evaluate them. But being sceptical is not to discard everything automatically. This is where you learn to listen. This agreement is particularly relevant to social media communication. Much of what is said on social media is untrue, but to write off social media as a source of information is just as dangerous as accepting everything that is said there.

Putting the agreements into place on a personal level can make our lives easier and happier. They can also contribute to a calmer, richer social media canvass where silence is not feared and information and ideas are rationally shared and debated. Increased digitalisation of our lives will be a lasting consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring that social media tools are responsibly used can open the door to less stressful individual lives. It can also help us to create a post-pandemic world that is better than the one which preceded it.

Back in 2008, digitalisation and social media were less pervasive than they have since become. Attention spans have become even shorter through the generalised use of social media, making the dangers of misjudging assumptions even greater. The idea of a global pandemic that would confine us to our homes was remote enough to belong in science fiction. The world that we face in 2021 and beyond makes the Four Agreements more relevant than ever.