Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson took me 30 minutes to read. Change is inevitable, but sometimes our complex thought process prevents us from adapting to change. We could also be in the comfort zone or too lazy to adapt. The book is a parable about how two mice (Sniff and Scurry) and two littlepeople (Hem and Haw) adapted to change when their old cheese ran out. Sniff and Scurry reacted on instincts to find new cheese as soon as their old cheese ran out. Hem and Haw, on the other hand, were resistant to find new cheese because they were overthinking and over-rationalizing.
Cheese represents whatever we want in life – great job, good health, money, power, loving relationships
The more important your cheese is to you, the more you want to hold on to it.
We keep doing the same things over and over again and wonder why things don’t get better.
If you do not change, you can become extinct.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
Fearful beliefs will weigh us down.
Movement in a new direction helps you find new cheese.
Sometimes you have to let go and trust what lays ahead, even though you don’t exactly know the future
When you stop being afraid, you feel good!
Imagining yourself enjoying your new cheese leads you to it.
The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.
It is safer to search in the maze than remain in a cheeseless situation.
The fear you let build up in your mind is worse than the situation that actually exists.
Old beliefs don’t lead you to new cheese
When you change what you believe, you change what you do.
When you see that you can find and enjoy new cheese, you change course.
Noticing small changes early helps you adapt to the bigger changes that are to come.
The fastest way to change is to laugh at your own folly – then you can let go and quickly move on.