Has Your Cheese Been Moved? How to Move On
Change sucks! And that’s in the best of circumstances. Unexpected change is the worst and yet it is looming over our lives at all times. To be clear, change is different than loss – loss of lose our job, marriage or health – that requires a different strategy. Back in the day when I worked in pre-employment screening, I once read a resume that stated the individual “loved change.” Liar. Not sure if she got the job, but who really loves change. The reason is, change is difficult.
I re-read the bestseller “Who Moved My Cheese?” this week. Have you heard of it? We’ve had it on our bookshelf for years, my husband and everyone he works with was given a copy when the company implemented a new software program. Everyone was dreading that change, let me tell you. It’s an easy read about four mice who adapt to change differently: Sniff & Scurry and Hem & Haw. The book takes about an hour to read, but in case you’re busy trying to keep everything the same in your world, because let’s face it, that feels safe, I’ll break down some top highlights.
- Quit over-analyzing the situation and just get going finding new cheese. While you need clarity of what the change requires, don’t get stuck playing Monday morning quarterback.
- Learn to laugh at yourself instead of beating yourself up. Most likely it isn’t the end of the world, though it may feel like it.
- Some fear should be respected to keep you from real danger, but most fear of change is unfounded and just needs to be pushed through. Have you heard of the saying: When you’re going through hell, just keep going? Follow it.
- If you do not change you can become extinct. That’s a scary thought. Keep an open mind to possibilities and know that your way isn’t the only way to skin a squirrel.
- Visualize yourself with your new cheese and, this is important, see yourself thriving in this new place.
“Who Moved My Cheese?” is one of those books that we need to re-read every five years or so. A realtor once told me that he laughs when young couples say to him they’re looking for their “forever” home because he knows that statistically they will move in seven years. Why? Change! We either want it, need it, or have it thrust upon us.
And I’ll be the first to admit, being a creature of habit, I’m not fond of change at all. I cringe when IPhone sends an update and delay it for weeks because I don’t want to adjust to the new program changes. When if I had just gotten to work and looked into it, I would see that one of the changes is more emoji’s! Keep in mind there is an upside to everything, some just require a magnifying glass to spot it.