In daily life, we frequently make ambiguous or unspoken agreements, which we then interpret based on our individual memory and understanding. This understanding may or may not match the perception of other parties. Without a formal record, this may lead to frustration and conflict as two (or more) people have a different understanding of what has been discussed. One solution is to record your agreements, preventing future grievances and arguments.

Not every agreement involves other people. Making agreements with yourself is a way to guide your behavior in specific situations. For example, let’s say you agree—for yourself—only to eat ice cream once a week. When you’re at the ice cream shop, and tempted to order a cone, your agreement will act like an inner parent, anchoring you and assisting you in making the choice your higher self would make.