His best-known book, The Four Agreements, was published in 1997 and has sold about 10 million times in the United States and has been translated into 46 languages. The book advocates the personal freedom of convictions and agreements we have made with ourselves and with others, which create use and unhappiness in our lives.  It was broadcast on the television show Oprah.  The four chords are: If you do your best, you can increase your self-esteem and avoid self-abuse, self-judgment and the most important regret of your action. This runs counter to the main approach of the four agreements, which is to always conclude positive agreements with themselves. Adopting the four agreements does not mean that the mind works automatically as you wish. If so, “The Four Accords” is a wake-up call that challenges them to defy the deeply held beliefs and habits you have practiced since the domestication of childhood. At BRC Recovery, we try to enable our residents to deal with the long-term agreements they have made with themselves and to establish new ones so that they can overcome negative belief systems and enjoy a lasting freedom of dependency. The four agreements explain what we think of our childhood experience. The things that have been told to us play a role in what we believe in ourselves and in how we perceive others with whom we are connected. These beliefs that Ruiz declares are agreements we make with ourselves. Many of us who are in full recovery have already made negative agreements with ourselves because they think we are worthless and we are failing. Your thoughts as a child and what you are made to believe play a big role in your actions later in life, which is why childhood experiences, traumas, family relationships are all subjects that are dealt with in drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
If we are able to replace these negative agreements with new, more hopeful agreements, we will be able to create our own reality using the four chords in our daily lives. Our agreements are deeply rooted in our essence. When we were children, we learned behaviours and habits at school, at home, with adults and children, and we were rewarded when we did something good and punished ourselves if we didn`t. The opinions and reactions of others to our behaviour have become very influential in the habits we have established for ourselves.