This book, by Spencer Johnson, reveals the truths about how we deal with change that happens in our lives which effects us in so many ways, either positively or negatively. The book takes an amusing approach to what happens when you don’t adapt to change and what happens when you do. In the book, cheese is used as a metaphor for what you want to have in life. All my life I wanted the nice house, the beautiful wife, the kids, money, the dog, the nice tuck to pull the nice boat, the great career, and so on , and so on. To me, it’s human nature to want those things and I eventually got all of those things and then some….. More on that later. There was another metaphor in the book, which was the maze.
The maze was a representation of where you look for what you want in life and it also represented the obstacles that we all face time after time. When I look back on the way my life has turned out and carefully think about certain outcomes, I can clearly see a maze and all of the right and wrong turns that I made along the way, probably more wrong turns than right. But the main message that Johnson wants to convey is Change and that it will eventually happen.
We all adapt to change in a different ways which in return causes us to reap in positive moments in our lives and to reap in not-so positive moments just the same. We are the directors in this life of ours and have the power to make the choices to find that new cheese once our old cheese has been moved, taken, and or ruined, meaning when change happens.
And the thing about change, is that we never know how its going to happen and or when its going to happen, but we can be certain that there will be some type of change that will effect us in one way or the other. I like the sayings that Haw wrote on the wall after he made his way through the maze once he decided to adapt to change that faced him.
Change HappensThey Keep Moving the Cheese
Anticipate ChangeGet Ready for the Cheese to Move
Monitor ChangeSmell the Cheese Often So You Know When it is Getting Old
Adapt to Change QuicklyThe Quicker You Let Go of Old Cheese, the Sooner You Can Enjoy New Cheese
ChangeMove with the Cheese
Enjoy Change!Savor the Adventure and Enjoy the Taste of New Cheese!
Be Ready to Change Quickly and Enjoy it Again and AgainThey Keep Moving the Cheese
Change is always going to happen whether we like it or not, whether we want it or not. It’s important to prepare for it to help get things done once change does happen. Then when change has done its thing, it is a good idea to monitor it. I have always done this in my career to see many trends that may effect or that are effecting our business. I track what we have done and what we are on tack for in many areas so that we can anticipate any change that can negatively effect us or vice/versa. I truly believe that if you can’t monitor it, you definitely can’t control it; in other words, “Smell the cheese often so you know when it’s getting old.” Then when it does get old or if it gets moved, you need to adapt quickly so that change does not take you over and change you for the worst. And if change does happen, then move with it. Just go with it and adapt yourself to it. At first it’s difficult to move with it and to actually welcome or enjoy the change. But once you make it through the change, it will be that much better once you have overcome what could have changed you for the worst. It’s important keep moving with whatever change comes your way.
It can be difficult to get there because of our behavior. Our behaviors are mostly what keeps us from moving with change. Once we sense change, our human instincts take over and fear sets in, not allowing us get out of our comfort zones, then eventually leading us to denial. To me, it’s just natural human behavior to resist when change sets in on our complacent lives. Like Angela said in in the book before the story, "Or,...