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Constant white water with change occuring everytime at work and in life is stressful Feeling of release of negative energy begins to occurSeeing the change in a different lightShort story but impact is profoundFrom losing to gaining somethingNow lets move on with the story, a long time ago….
Johnson and Blanchard – authors of bestselling business classic, One Minute Manager, which became the world’s most popular management methodJohnson – often referred to as “the best there is in taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that workIt even sold in countries where they don’t consume cheese, like Japan.Even today, it sold 20-30000 copies a month and the Spencer Johnson Foundation has worked with the likes of Microsoft, IBM, Abbott and government entities. Critics – book is so simple, but it is not this book, it is the way you interpret it and apply it in yourself
Once long ago in a far away land, there lived 4 characters who ran through a maze looking for cheese to nourish them and make them happy.Characters are 2 little mice named Sniffy and Scurry and 2 little people named Hem and Haw
Each of us has our own idea of what Cheese is, and we pursue it because we believe it makes us happy. If we get it, we often become attached to it. And if we lose it, or it’s taken away, it can be traumatic.
The maze was a labyrinth of corridors and chambers, some containing delicious cheese. But there are also dark corners and blind alleys leading to nowhereSniff would smell the general direction of cheese and Scurry would race aheadIt made life in the maze more complicated and challenging
And so every morning the mice and little people dressed their running gear and headed over Cheese Station C.They were becoming comfortable and felt secure. They eventually move their homes closer to it and built a social life. They even decorated the walls with cheese and sayings as:
Sometimes they would invite friends to see and share the cheese, sometimes not. Every night the 2 little people would go home full of cheese and every morning, they confidently return for more. After a while, their confidence grew into arrogance of success. They soon become so comfortable that they are not noticing what is happening.
The mice did not overanalyze things. To them, the answer is simple. The situation in Station C has changed. They both looked out of the maze. Sniff started lifting his nose and sniffed. Scurry took off running through the maze and Sniff followed as fast as he could. They were quickly off the in search of new cheese.
Hem and Haw went home that night hungry and discouraged. But before they left, Haw wrote on the wall:
The little person’s behavior is not so attractive but understandable. Finding cheese wasn’t easy. Finding cheese makes them happy. For some, its like having material things. For others, its enjoying the good health.For Haw, cheese just meant feeling safe, having a family someday and living in a cozy cottage. For Hem, cheese is becoming a big cheese in charge of other owning a big house on top of a hill.Hem said “What would happen if the cheese wasn’t there tomorrow. He had made future plans already.
The next day, Hem & Haw to Cheese Station C. But situation hadn’t changed. They didn’t know what to do and immobilized like statues.
Their homes were not the nurturing place anymore. They had difficulty sleeping and having nightmares about not finding new cheese.Hem and Haw keeps on returning to the same place and wait everyday.Hem said “Maybe they just hid the cheese behind the wall.”
So, the next day, they returned with hammer and chisel and banged the wall until they made a big hole. They peeped inside but found no cheese.They were disappointed but believe they could solve the problem. So they started earlier, stayed longer and worked harder. But all they had was a large hole in the wall.
When you are afraid, things are going to get worse and if you don’t do something, it can prompt you into action..
Haw now realized that the change probably would not have taken him by surprise if he had been watching what was happening all along and if he had anticipated change.
Haw continued to pass the dark passageway and was aware of his fear. He began to imagine all kinds of frightening things that could happen to him.
Haw realized he had been held captive by his own fear. Moving in a new direction had freed him.Once he had gotten past his fear, it turned out to be more enjoyable. Haw hadn’t felt this way for a long time. He had almost forgotten how much fun it was to go for it.
The more clearly he saw the image of himself enjoying the new cheese, the more real and believable it became. He could sense that he was going to find it.
He realized that if he had moved sooner, he would probably found a great deal of new cheese
Now, he felt it was just a question of time before he found a new cheese. In fact, he sensed he had already found what he was looking for. He smiled and realized….
Haw realized again that what you are afraid of is never as bad as what you imagine. The fear you let build up in your mind is worse that the situation that actually exists. His old thinking had been clouded by his worries and fears. He used to think more about what could go wrong that what could go right.
Haw hadn’t found cheese yet, but as he ran through the maze, he thought about what he had learned.He now realized that his new beliefs were encouraging new behaviors. He was behaving differently than when he kept returning to the same cheeseless situation
Haw knew he would be in better shape now if he had dealt with the change much sooner and left earlier. In fact, he probably would have found it by now if he had expected change, rather than wasting time denying that the change had already taken place.
By now, Haw had to let go of the past and was adapting to the present. He continued on through the maze with greater strength and speed. And before long….
And before long, it happened!! He finally found a new cheese station filled with different kinds of cheese….
He wondered for a moment whether it was real or just his imagination. He pulled off his shoes, ties the laces together and hung them around his neck in case he needed them again.
He had to admit that the biggest inhibitor to change lies within yourself, and that nothing gets better until you change.
Haw realized how far he had become since then. He knew it would be easy for him to slid back if he got too comfortable.So each day, he inspected Cheese Station N, he would do everything to avoid being surprised by any unexpected change. He often went out into the maze and explored new areas to stay in touch what was happening around.
The 4 characters are intended to represent the simple and complex part of ourselves.Regardless of age, gender and race.Sometimes we act like sniff you sniffs out change early, or Scurry who scurries into action orHem who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse orHaw who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing leads to something better.
”. I would like to end by saying that “The ONLY thing that is CONSTANT IN LIFE, IS CHANGE.” In order to be successful in any aspect of life one must accept change & adapt according to situations.
Who moved my cheese new version2
Who Moved My Cheese?<br />An Amazing Way to Deal With Change In Your Work & In Your Life<br />DR SPENCER JOHNSON<br />
Used by big corporations</li></li></ul><li>THE FOUR CHARACTERS<br />
“Cheese” – a metaphor for what we want to have in life:<br />Good job<br />Happy relationship<br />Money<br />Big House<br />Freedom<br />Health<br />Recognition<br />Spiritual peace<br />
Every morning, the mice & the little people, put on their jogging suits and running shoes, left their homes and raced into the maze looking for cheese.<br />The mice, Sniff and Scurry used the simple trial and error method. They ran down a corridor and if empty, they ran down another.<br />The 2 little people, Hem and Haw, used their ability to think and learn from past experiences. They relied on their complex brains to develop more sophisticated methods of finding cheese. Until one day….<br />
The mice will took off their running shoes, tied them together and hung around their necks- so they could get them quickly whenever they needed them. Then they enjoyed the cheese.<br />Hem and Haw do the same thing but after a while, they woke up later, dressed slower and walked to CSC. After all they know where the Cheese is now. As soon as they reached the station, they would hung up their pants, put away their shoes<br />
We deserve this, we had to work long and hard enough to find it!<br />
Sniff and Scurry continued their routine. They arrived early and sniffed and scratched and scurried around the Station C, inspecting the areas.<br />One morning, they arrived and discovered there was no cheese. They weren’t surprised and they had noticed that supply had been getting smaller everyday. They are prepared and know what to do.<br />
Later that same day, Hem & Haw arrived. They were unprepared for what they found.<br />“What! No Cheese?” Hem yelled. “Who Moved My Cheese?” , he put his hands on his hips, his face turned red and screamed “It’s not fair!!’<br />They spent a long time trying to decide what to do. They keep on looking to see if the cheese was really gone. <br />
The more important your Cheese is to you, the more you want to hold on to it.<br />
Hem analyzed the situation over and over again and said “Why did they do this to me?”. <br />Haw said, “By the way, where is Sniff and Scurry? Do you think they know something we don’t”.<br />Hem scoffed, “What would they know? They’re just simple mice. They just respond to what happens. We’re little people, we are smarter than mice!”<br />
Haw suggested “Maybe we need to change and do things differently.” <br />“Why should we change? This sort of thing should not happen to us. If it does, we should get some benefits that we are entitled.” Hem answered.<br />Haw asked “Why?”<br />“Because we didn’t cause this problem” Hem said. “Somebody else did this and we should get something out of it.”<br />Haw said “Maybe we should stop analyzing the situation and just get going to find new cheese.”<br />“Oh no, I am going to get to the bottom of this!” said Hem.<br />
And so everyday, Hem and Haw continued with their same routine, going to Cheese Station C and evaluating their situation. <br />“Let’s go find new cheese outside.” Haw exclaimed.<br />“No!” Hem responded “I like it here, its comfortable. Besides, I’m getting too old for that and its dangerous out there.”<br />With that, Haw’s fear of failing returned and his hope of finding new cheese faded.<br />
Hem and Haw banged the wall and made a big hole. They peeped inside but found no cheese<br />Haw was beginning to realize the difference between activity and productivity<br />
Finally, one day, Haw began laughing at himself when he saw what fear was doing to him. He grabbed his running shoes and said to Hem “I realized that no one will put yesterday’s cheese back”.<br />Hem asked “What if there is no cheese out there? And if there is, what if you don’t know where to find it?”<br />Haw painted a picture in his mind of finding Swiss, Cheddar and American cheeses and said “Sometimes, Hem, things change and they are never the same again. That’s life! Life moves on and so should we“. Hem wouldn’t listen.<br />Haw laughed and announced “IT’S MAZE TIME!” but before he left, he wrote on the wall….<br />
If you <br />do not change, you can become extinct.<br />
Meanwhile, Sniff & Scurry went farther into the maze until they found Cheese Station N. They found what they had been looking for: A great supply of New Cheese!<br />It was the biggest store of cheese the mice had ever seen.<br />
Haw is now in the maze. He looked back to where he come from and felt its comfort.<br />He knew sometimes that fear can be good and wrote on the wall…<br />
Haw found little cheese in the maze, here and there, but didn’t feel confident enough yet. The maze is so confusing. He would get lot in corridors. It was a challenge.<br />Whenever he started to get discouraged, he reminded himself that this is better than staying in a cheeseless situation. He was taking in control rather than letting things happen to him.<br />He stopped to rest and wrote again on the wall.<br />
Smell The Cheese Often So You Know When It Is Getting Old<br />
Sometimes later, after not finding any cheese, Haw is loosing his physical strength. He knew he was lost and was afraid he would not survive. He even thought of turning around and go back to Cheese Station C.<br />Haw wondered if Hem had moved on. Then he remembered the times when he had felt his best in the maze.<br />It was when he was moving along.<br />He wrote on the wall, knowing it was as much a reminder to himself but also a marking for his friend Hem, hopefully….<br />
Movement In A New Direction Helps You Find New Cheese.<br />
Then he laughed at himself. He realized his fears were making things worse. He moved in a new direction.<br />To his surprise, Haw started to enjoy himself more and more. <br />“Why do I feel good?” he wondered. “I don’t have any cheese and I don’t know where I’m going”. <br />Before long, he knew why he felt good and stopped and write on the wall……<br />
When You Move Beyond Your Fear, You Feel Free<br />
To make things better, Haw started to dream and paint a picture in his mind again. <br />He saw himself sitting in a middle of a pile of all his favorite cheeses – from Cheddar to Brie!<br />He saw himself eating the many cheeses he liked and he enjoyed what he saw. <br />He wrote…<br />
ImaginingMyself Enjoying New Cheese Even Before I Find It, <br />Leads Me To It!<br />
Haw wondered why he had always thought that a change would lead to something worse. But now he realized that change could lead to something better.<br />He raced through the mace with greater strength and agility.<br />He spotted a cheese station and spotted little pieces of cheese. He ate most of the bits and put some few in his pocket. <br />He began to regain his strength and again wrote….<br />
The Quicker You Let Go Of Old Cheese, The Sooner you Find New Cheese.<br />
After a while, Haw made his way back to Cheese Station C and found Hem. He offered him bits of cheese but was turned down.<br />Hem appreciated his friend’s gesture but said “I don’t think I would like New Cheese. It’s not what I used to. I want my own Cheese back and I’m not going to change until I get what I want.”<br />Disappointed, Haw went back on his own. He knew what made him happy wasn’t just having cheese.<br />
It Is Safer To Search In The Maze Than Remain In A Cheeseless Situation<br />
Haw used to believe that Cheese should never be moved and that change wasn’t right.<br />Now, he realized that it was natural for change to continually occur, whether you expect it or not.<br />Change could surprise you only if you didn’t expect it and weren’t looking for it.<br />When he realized he had changed his beliefs, he paused again to write on the wall….<br />
Old Beliefs Do Not Lead You To New Cheese<br />
He knew when you change what you believe, you change what you do.<br />You can believe that a change will harm you and resist it or..<br />You can believe that finding New Cheese will help you.<br />It all depends on what you choose to believe.<br />He wrote on the wall….<br />
When You See<br />That You Can<br /> Find And Enjoy<br /> New Cheese,<br /> You Change Course<br />
He used his imagination again and saw himself finding and savoring new cheese. He decided to proceed into the more unknown part of the maze and found bits of cheese here and there.<br />Haw was glad he had written on the wall in many places. He trusted that it would serve as a marked trail for Hem to follow if he chose to leave Cheese Station C.<br />He again wrote on the wall what he had been thinking about for some time….<br />
Noticing Small Changes Early Helps You Adapt To The Bigger Changes That Are To Come<br />
Station N, where Haw found the new<br />Cheese!<br />Congratulation Haw!<br />
Piled everywhere was the greatest supply of cheese he had ever seen. Some kinds of cheese were new to him.<br />
When had eaten his fill, he lifted a piece of fresh cheese and made a toast “Hooray for Change”.<br />Sniff and Scurry welcomed him. They nodded their heads in admiration.<br />Haw had learned something from Sniff and Scurry. They kept life simple. They didn’t overanalyze or overcomplicate things. <br />When the situation changed and the Cheese had been moved, they moved with the Cheese.<br />
He also realized that:<br /><ul><li>There is always new cheese out there whether you recognize it at the time or not
You are rewarded with it when you go past your fear
Fear should be respected as it keeps you out of real danger
Change has turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it led him to find better cheese.
He even found a better part of himself.</li></li></ul><li>Haw thought about going back to Cheese Station C to see Hem but he realized that he had already tried to get his friend to change.<br />Hem had to find his own way. No one else could do it for him. He should see the advantage of changing himself.<br />Haw knew he had left a trail for Hem and that he could find his way, if he could just read the “Handwriting On The Wall”.<br />He drew a large piece of cheese around all the insights he had become aware of….<br />
THE HANDWRITING ON THE WALL<br /><ul><li> Change Happens
Be Ready To Change Quickly & Enjoy It Again.</li></li></ul><li>Then, Haw heard sounds of movement. As the noise grew louder, he realized that someone is coming.<br />Could it be that Hem was arriving?<br />Haw said a little prayer and hoped – as he had many times before – that maybe, at last, his friend was finally able to…<br />
SCURRY<br />Quickly scurry into action and adapts. He liked to get things done, so they took action based on the new corporate vision.<br />SNIFFY<br />Anticipates change early by sniffing it out in the marketplace, <br />and update the corporate vision.<br />HAW<br />Learns to adapt in time when they see something better. They were hesitant at first, but were open-minded enough to learn something new, and adapted.<br />HEM<br />Denies change and resist it out of fear. He wanted to work in a place that was safe and where the changes made sense to them, turning them into Haws.<br />
Whatever parts we choose to use, we all share something in common:<br />A NEED<br />TO FIND OUR WAY IN THE MAZE<br />AND<br /> SUCCEED IN CHANGING TIMES<br />
Every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation & every possession, a duty. So it s our RESPONSIBILITY & OBLIGATION TO SERVE OUR DUTY WELL BY STAYING ALERT, CALM and by NOT JUDGING OUR SITUATIONS SUPERFICALLY. <br />It is very well said by SOCRATES that “The unexamined life is not worth living” hence one should always explore all horizons and all possible alternatives in order to be successful and reach their CHEESE STATION “N”.<br />
There is always new cheese out there!!! <br />Thank You Very Much<br />Luisa Joven<br />