It’s an amazing time to be alive, isn’t it? The technology that we embrace as part of our daily lives has drastically shifted our entire society. The way we communicate, work, relax, monetize, and even date have been affected. We are pulled in many directions. But one thing that has remained the same is how the effort that we give of ourselves dictates our experience.

Welcome to #TheDailyYes. The idea is simple- we are sharing some of the quotes, phrases, and pearls of wisdom that have helped us throughout the years.

A few simple words can completely change the way a person thinks about things. A person’s success, self-worth, and impact on the world can be completely attributed to the way he or she thinks about things.

Jason Mudd, Executive Officer

This brings us to the fourth agreement in Don Miguel Ruiz’s book The Four Agreements: always do your best. This is the coup de gras of this powerful quartet as it makes each other agreement sustainable. In all situations, whether it is with another person(s) or just with yourself, simply do your best.

When you do your best you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret. I have put this into practice, along with the other three agreements (read my thoughts about the first, second, and third agreements), and the awareness that I’m consistently doing my best helps me to be confident of the things I produce.

It’s important to note that my (and your) ‘best’ changes from moment to moment- it will be different when healthy versus sick, tired, stressed, etc. This makes comparative analysis a bit difficult, but that’s kind of the point. Doing your best is a mental thing. For me- ‘buying in’ to the the agreement that ‘I will always do my best’ means that when I commit to doing something I’m going to give it my best. It’s a choice that I’ve made. It impacts my actions at every step of the way.

Does this mean that everything I do is absolutely fantastic? Not in the least. What it means is that I know what my strengths and weaknesses are and I have a better understanding of what to say ‘yes’ to and, more importantly, what do say ‘no’ to. So whether someone digs what I do or not, I can be cool with it.

So do you want to live life with no self-judgment, self-questioning, regret, and with the knowledge that you’re giving your all? Always do your best.

Save this as the background on your phone for a constant reminder! Share it with your friends- you never know who needs some inspiring words.

I also want to know what simple phrases, quotes, or other pearls of wisdom have positively impacted your life. I’m going to pick a guest contributor one day a week so that we can keep this lively from a perspective sense. Email me at hello@yeslouisville.com. I appreciate your thoughts!

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