Who Moved My Cheese

I haven’t read Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson for at least 15 years.

it addresses dealing with change in a great and simple way. It is a quick read but great information you can apply to any situation.

I came across this book while I was involved in organizational development for a global organization I was responsible for. At that time we were needing to Managing Changes in the company after the internet bubble had burst.

People Don’t Like Change

The book is about change and how you deal with it. The human condition basically gets comfortable with the status quo and doesn’t like change.

In the story, the mice live in a maze and getting cheese makes them happy.

So the mice keep going to the same cheese station but when there is no cheese, eventually one of the mice overcomes his fear and goes looking for new cheese stations and the other doesn’t!

Taking this into your own world and the cheese disappearing metaphor can mean many thinks, from jobs to relationships to financial situations. If you carry on doing what you are doing you will never succeed or improve your current situation.

By identifying your need to adapt you can then start the process of improving your life.

It is all too easy to go back to what is comfortable rather than take on the challenge of change, change is actually good for you but you have to overcome that built in Fear of the Unknown.
Face Your Fears

When you alter your mind set and begin to trust what lays ahead and not dwell on the past you will get a sense of freedom. You are not weighed down by the negative things that got you to where you are today.

As an example you are in a job that makes you unhappy, you turn up for work everyday and do what you have to do.

Until you overcome that fear of the unknown and do something about it you will continue to be unhappy.

If you are unhappy at work, guess what you will be unhappy when you get home.

It is not an emotion you can turn on and off.

That is why it is important to fix the problem that is causing the unhappiness otherwise it will dominate your life.

As Jim Rohn said “If you don’t like how things are, change it, you’re not a tree” For more information on the author please check my BLOG