How To Handle Change

Do any of us like change?  For the most part, we are set in our ways. We have our favorite shirts, our usual cereal, familiar routines, and consistent habits.

I never welcomed change. Though, I can still hear my father’s words, “The only constant in life, is change.” It wasn’t easy embracing this truth, but I don’t think I’d be where I am today, unless I did.

God knew we would struggle with this. That is why he gave us his Word.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”    When faced with the prospect of change, I remember this verse.

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A great resource that has helped me with this Biblical truth, Who Moved My Cheese? has sold over 26 million copies and is one of the best selling business books of all time. It helped me realize that I should CHANGE. Get out of building the same homes I had been building for 10 years, and get into a niche market with less competition and greater profit.  A worthwhile CHANGE! All too often, it’s easier to keep doing the same thing, heading farther down the same path rather than changing direction.

This book tells the story of 4 characters who live in a “maze” and look for “cheese” to make them happy. The maze is where we look for things: school, work, your family, and community. Cheese represents anything we want in life: that great paying job, loving relationship, more money, beautiful children, a nice home, love, spiritual peace, whatever.

In the story, the characters have to deal with change. One deals with it successfully and leaves notes on the wall for the others to follow.  When the other characters see them, they begin to understand and apply a new mindset of how to deal with change. The same applies to the reader. Using this approach we can become more successful, however we may define success.

The seven attitudes of change discussed in this book are:

 

Change Happens

They keep moving the cheese

 Anticipate Change

Get ready for the cheese to move

 Monitor Change

Smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old

 Adapt To Change Quickly

The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese

Change

Move with the cheese

Enjoy Change!

Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese!

Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again

They keep moving the cheese.

 

Since 95% of what we do is based on habits, this book can inspire us all to make necessary changes. Change in the work world is only accelerating so we better be prepared!

Understanding the Biblical truth and reviewing this resource will prepare you to embrace change. Imagine how much better we could deal with change: at work, in relationships, with money, possessions, health or in our spiritual peace of mind.

 

Attitude:          Ask God to show you where He may be leading you to change.

Action:              Listen to, or read this book or Kindle version, apply the teachings and experience life change in less than two hours.

Question:        Where are you resisting change? Your job? Your career? An unhealthy relationship? Your finances?

Recommended Resource:  Spencer Johnson. (2009). Who Moved My Cheese: An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life. Putnam Adult.

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2 thoughts on “How To Handle Change

  1. Great blog post Stephen! Change is so important. Nothing stays the same so learning to deal with change is essential in growing as an individual or leader.

  2. I like the article Stephen. I tend to use the phrase–“okay, who moved my cheese” when I am looking for something as I tend to be a spatial related person and my wife tends to relocate things on me at times. In those times I feel frustrated but am learning to flow with it. In the past year I moved houses and found there was a lot of stuff and it reminded me some of us carry so much baggage with us–not just the physical items but also emotional and relational. Learning to let go some of this excess leads to freedom in more ways than one.