“The next three agreements really came from the first agreement. The second agreement is nothing to take personally. Excellent summary. I, too, had the impression that the book echoes you a little on the “how” recipe. The way I rationalized it reflected on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry`s quote: “If you want to build a boat, don`t gather men and women to collect wood, share work and give orders. Instead, you will teach them to aspire to the distant and endless sea.” If the goal was to create the most powerful dense work to move people, focus on why to the exclusion of how was the right approach. Anyway, well summarized! His posts among the first two can be summed up as follows: “Be aware of the chords that dictate your reality and have the discipline to change it.” You could get a little more out of his writing, but not much. Unfortunately, its indications do not go far beyond a well-designed “Just do it”. If you like the job or the job you do, you will do your best without even trying. Your work will feel effortless and you will get much better results. This final agreement will help you increase the power of other agreements while stripping yourself of old patterns. This path begins with the four agreements. These are new ways of life that you can voluntarily follow.
These agreements are the same: when we became adults, we unconsciously made a number of agreements (not too different from the four agreements) with ourselves. These agreements guide our behavior – they serve as an internal compass through which we decide what we do and what we don`t. But we never chose those agreements. This book presents four agreements that we should make with ourselves to lead a good life. Replacing our old agreements with these four new ones won`t be easy, but it can be a significant personal change that you can make. Reminds me of a Buddhist idea. A Vietnamese Buddhist professor named Thich Nhat Hanh says we all have a memory consciousness, a place from which seeds form in our daily thoughts. These seeds can be healthy or harmful. So we need to feed the seeds healthy so that they stay in our minds longer. We must also bring back harmful seeds (such as anger, ignorance and greed) into our camp consciousness. If you want to learn more about these great Buddhist ideas, read our summary of Thich Nhat Hanh`s The Heart of the Buddha`s Teachings.
The book is based on a series of spiritual beliefs, held by Toltec`s seniors, to help readers transform their lives into a new experience of freedom, happiness and love.  According to the author, everything a man does is based on agreements he has made with himself, with others, with God and with life itself.  In these agreements, we can tell ourselves who they are, how to behave, what is possible and what is impossible.  Some agreements that create individuals may not cause problems, but there are certain arrangements that come from a place of fear and have the power to deplete emotional energy and reduce a person`s self-esteem.  The book states that these self-limiting agreements cause unnecessary suffering.  Ruiz also believes that to find personal joy, one must get rid of socially imposed and fear-based agreements that can unconsciously influence the individual`s behaviour and thinking.  Another fundamental premise of the book suggests that much of the suffering is created and that most people have the ability to transform themselves and the negative thoughts they have about the situations in their lives.  The author identifies the sources of unhappiness in life and proposes four beneficial agreements that can be concluded with oneself to improve their general state of well-being.