Who Moved My Cheese – How Do We Manage Change?

Who Moved My Cheese – How Do We Manage Change?

I took a step back in time today and reread Who Moved My Cheese by Dr Spencer Johnson. I was introduced to the book at work a very long time ago and I shared it with family. My daughter was having a clearout so I said I would have it and having read it again, I really appreciate the life lessons it brings for me right now. It might help you too!

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Anyway, Change…. how do you manage it?

I think for marketers it really is a good thing to relook at what we are doing with our business because, just like Hem in the book, we can get stuck in a rut and the world begins to pass us buy. Little by little we can fall behind of the trends and advances in our industry and we can find it hard to update our approaches without a bit of pain.

“Life moves on and so should we”
Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?

On reading the book again I recognise that I have been in Hem mode for a few months and I need to begin to relook at how I am approaching my business because I don’t want to fall behind.

This Covid-19 pandemic has massively interrupted my Enagic business. I was doing regular offline seminars across the UK up until the UK lockdown started. So it has been really difficult to showcase my business by doing public presentations in live, physical situations and we have reverted to ZOOM presentations.

This reduces the connection to new customers but adaption has had to happen for sure as it is important that we don’t just give up but that we find new ways.  We  need to get back in the maze and search for New Cheese.

“The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.”
Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese?


What Holds Us Back From Making Changes?

I think often there is a fear within us that stops us. I remember what Tony Robbins taught me many years ago. Decisions are made through the feelings of pleasure and pain.

So is it painful to change or is there pleasure in what lies ahead? W hat lies on the other side if we cast away our fear and take a step into the unknown?

One of the big decisions I have to consider this year is do I permanently move to Thailand for a new adventure or do I remain in the UK to continue to be nearer to my children and grandchildren? I am certainly in two minds and perhaps there is a little bit of Hem in me that resists making the move. Anyway, the decision will be made this year once the Covid situation has improved and I get answers to my questions. It may be a half way house of more time in Thailand to our house over there but treat out house there as a holiday home. Really not sure, but one thing is for certain, I WILL make a decision this year.

What decisions are you facing?

Are you happy with your current business? Do you need to make changes so that it works better for you? Perhaps you are looking for something new to plant your entrepreneurs hat on?

One thing is for sure, none of us can stand still and expect to have a forward projection in our lives.

When I worked as a leisure and sports industry manager I became passionate about quality management and I hung my hat on a Japanese word that kind of encompassed what I aimed for in the work place – Kaizen.

Kaizen means Continuous and Never Ending Improvement.

If we strive to be improving in all that we do then we will never stand still and our lives and work will continue to thrive. We used to talk about Total Quality Management, striving for perfection,  but in human terms, we know that perfection isn’t within us, we just need to be the best we can be. No-one is perfect.

So if we are a little like Haw and don’t stand still and keep searching, striving then we will not be left behind and we will have wonderful adventures.

I have been around a very long time – 73 years at the time of writing – and I have had many an adventure and in truth I really don’t want it to end.

So reading Who Moved My Cheese today really got me thinking what my next adventure will be. What my next business strategy will be? How am I going to keep advancing in my life to feel fulfilled each day.

It has given me a few ideas and that is what the book is all about, don’t you think? In fact all our learning, reading, watching, experiencing is designed to help us get further forward in our lives.

That is why I share these thoughts with you today. WE ALL DESERVE ADVENTURE IN OUR LIVES!

Standing still is not an option for us if we want to have experiences that are worth remembering in our last days! No regrets.

Like Stephen Covey shared in this 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People – BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND!

How will people remember you at the end? When you imagine yourself at your funeral what will be said? Will you have regrets?

Let’s not make that happen and remember:

“The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists”
Spencer Johnson, Who Moved My Cheese
Thank you for spending a little time with me today. I hope one day we can have a chat.

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