The Power of the Word I ka `ōlelo no ke ola, I ka `ōlelo no
The Four Agreements
by don Miguel Ruiz
The Power of the Word 1. BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you
mean. Avoid using the word to speak
against yourself or to gossip about others.
Use the power of your word in the direction
of truth and love.
2. DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What
others say and do is because of their own
reality and perceptions. When you are
immune to the opinions and actions of
others, you won’t be the victim of needless
3. DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to
express what you really want.
Communicate with others as clearly as you
can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness,
and drama. With just this one agreement,
you can completely transform your life.
4. ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment
to moment; it will be different when you are
healthy as opposed to sick. Under any
circumstance, simply do your best, and you
will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and
I ka 'ōlelo no ke ola, I ka 'ōlelo no ka make. Translation: In speech is life, In speech is death. ‘Ōlelo No’eau Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings Mary Kawena Pukui This wise saying tells people that words can either be a source of healing or a source of destruction and pain. We need to be careful with our words. -------------------------------
How To Help?
Imagine you are the Swimmer’s friend or
family. His body language makes you
think something is wrong. You care and
want to help.
• Create a scenario describing what you
might do when you see him.
* Use the Four Agreements to help
communicate well. (Be pono with words;
don’t guess; know it’s not about you,
and do your best.)
by Martin Charlot
• Plan to share your ideas by talking
about or acting out what you would do.