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. By pacting with these four most important chords, an individual is able to dramatically influence the amount of happiness he feels in his life, regardless of external circumstances.  The Fourth Agreement allows readers to have a better understanding of the progress made in achieving their goals in life. This agreement involves the integration of the first three agreements into daily life and the exploitation of its own potential.
 It is a matter of doing the best that can be managed individually, which varies from the different situations and circumstances that the individual may encounter. Ruiz believes that if you judge yourself and do your best at all times, you will be able to avoid remorse.  By integrating the first three chords and doing the best in all facets of life, the individual will be able to lead a life without grief or self-awareness.  As the author of the book „The Four Accords,” Don Miguel Ruiz believes he has found four agreements that will help people live a more authentic life. One of the most important chords, says Ruiz Oprah in an episode of „Super Soul Sunday,” is the number one chord: be impeccable with your word. On Sunday, March 3, 2013, Oprah hosted Don Miguel Ruiz at „Super Soul Sunday”, where they discussed his groundbreaking work „The Four Accords „. Less than eight hours after the show aired, Ruiz began to see an impact on sales and at 6 p.m.m. That evening, the book was #1 bestseller on Amazon and B-N. In both online retailers, he held the number one until .m 11 p.m. that night – five hours in a row in total. Ruiz continued to see its hardcover sales increase by 695%. In reading „The Four Accords,” Oprah cites a passage that explains why this agreement is so powerful.
„Being impeccable with your word is the right use of your energy.