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Be Impeccable With Your Word: The First Agreement of Don Miguel Ruiz's "The Four Agreements"

Updated: Jun 8

In the realm of personal growth and self-improvement, "The Four Agreements" by Don Miguel Ruiz offers profound wisdom drawn from Toltec traditions. Of these, the first agreement, "Be Impeccable with Your Word," serves as a cornerstone for creating a life of integrity, peace, and grace. This post delves into the depths of this powerful agreement and how we can apply it to transform our lives. Read an important note at the end about our upcoming live discussion for youth!

Understanding Impeccability

The term 'impeccable' comes from the Latin word 'peccatus,' which means 'sin,' and the prefix 'im,' which means 'without.' Therefore, being impeccable with your word means to speak without sin. In the context of this agreement, sin is anything that goes against oneself. Thus, being impeccable with your word is not using it against yourself or others.

The Power of the Spoken Word

Words are powerful tools. They can create or they can destroy. Every word we speak has the potential to shape our reality, influence our relationships, and direct our life's journey. When we are impeccable with our words, we choose them carefully, ensuring they reflect our true intentions and values.

Words and Self-Reflection

Being impeccable with your word starts with self-talk. Negative self-talk can be destructive, leading to a distorted self-image and a life filled with limitations and unhappiness. Conversely, positive self-talk can uplift and empower.

Implementing the First Agreement

  • Practice Mindful Communication: Before speaking, pause and consider the impact of your words. Ask yourself if what you're about to say is true, necessary, and kind. This pause can transform your communication and relationships.

  • Transform Negative Self-Talk: Become aware of your inner dialogue. Replace critical or harmful thoughts with affirmations and positive statements. This shift can significantly impact your self-esteem and confidence.

  • Speak with Integrity: Always speak honestly and with integrity. Let your words be a reflection of your authentic self, not a mask you wear for others. Honesty fosters trust and strengthens connections.

  • Use Words for Good: Use your words to encourage, uplift, and inspire. Words have the power to heal and bring joy, so choose to use them for good.

  • Understand the Impact: Acknowledge the impact your words have on others. Words can linger long after they're spoken, affecting people's moods, beliefs, and actions.

The Ripple Effect of Impeccable Words

When you commit to being impeccable with your word, it not only transforms your internal world but also creates a ripple effect in your external environment. Relationships improve, communication becomes more effective, and a sense of harmony pervades.


"Be Impeccable with Your Word" is more than an agreement; it's a life philosophy. It's about using the power of words responsibly and lovingly, both towards ourselves and others. By embracing this agreement, we can create a foundation of integrity and respect that enhances every aspect of our lives. Remember, words have power; use them wisely.

Join us starting in April for a special four-part discussion series on the Four Agreements tailored for youth aged 14-20. Each month from April through July, we'll delve into one agreement in depth. Become a member today to learn more and participate at no cost!

Agreement #2: Don't Take Anything Personally

Agreement #4: Always Do Your Best

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