The fourth agreement allows readers to get a better overview of the progress made in achieving their life goals. This agreement includes the integration of the first three chords into everyday life and also the exhaustion of one`s own potential.  It is a question of doing one`s best individually, which is different from the different situations and circumstances that the individual may encounter. By making a pact with these four key agreements, an individual is able to significantly influence the level of happiness they feel in their life, regardless of external circumstances. In 2001, the book was published in „O” The Oprah Magazine, where the author had an interview with comedian and TV host Ellen Degeneres about the book. The book was also featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001 and on the television show Super Soul Sunday in 2013. The book spent more than 2 years on the publisher`s weekly bestseller list and spent more than a decade on the New York Times bestseller list.  The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom is a self-help book by bestselling author Don Miguel Ruiz with Janet Mills. The book proposes a code of conduct based on ancient Toltec wisdom that advocates the liberation of self-limiting beliefs that can cause suffering and limitations in a person`s life. In The Four Agreements, best-selling author Don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that deprive us of joy and cause unnecessary suffering. In part 1 of this 2-part video, we learn about the „domestication” of man and how all the rules and values of our family and society are imposed on us by a system of punishment and reward. As young children, our true nature is to love and be happy, to explore and enjoy life; we are absolutely authentic.
But then we learn to be what others think we „should” be, and because it`s not acceptable for us to be who we are, we start pretending to be what we aren`t. When we are teenagers, we have learned to judge ourselves, to punish ourselves and to reward ourselves according to agreements we have never chosen. The Four Accords help us break self-limiting agreements and replace them with agreements that bring us freedom, happiness and love. The Four Accords©, were published in 1997 and have sold approximately 9 million copies. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly a decade. Everything we do is based on agreements we have made – agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, with life. But the most important agreements are those we make with ourselves. Ruiz explains that while this agreement is the most important, it is the most difficult to respect.  For this agreement, Ruiz first analyzes the word „impeccable.” The word impeccable comes from the Latin word peccatus, which means „sin,” and the „im” at the beginning of impeccable is the Latin prefix meaning „without.” .