One day, someone said something very important and life changing to me: let go, or be dragged. I was having a hard time letting go of the past and moving on to the future. I didn't like when anything in my life changed, and I certainly couldn't handle when people in my life were inconsistent. If I wasn't IN control of a situation, I pretty much LOST control of my temper and my emotions.
Instead of acting maturely, I became a victim of my own life. Enter the book: Who Moved My Cheese.
Silly, I know. But it gives some REALLY good insight on how to put on your big girl panties and move forward with your life and adapt to change- whether it's romantically, personally, or professionally. It's about some mice and miniature humans who are stuck in a maze, and how they adapt to cheese no longer being easily accessible in it. Hence the title "who moved my cheese."
Here are some tips.
If You Do Not Change, You Can Become Extinct
What if you are used to finding cheese in a certain location, and then one day you show up, and it isn't there? Would you wait around forever, hoping that it shows up? Would you stand there, angry, and complain about it?
Or are you the type of person who would assess the situation, realize that you were never entitled to cheese in the first place, and then move on, and look for it somewhere else?
Think about these two types of people: which one do you think will be more successful in life?
What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid
Change can be scary, we all know that. Did you ever have to change schools as a kid, or move to a new city? It was terrifying. Change requires you to cope with a new situation and grapple with a new set of rules. That can be both disorienting and frustrating, so it’s natural to be scared of change.
But imagine a world in which you weren't afraid of change, but were excited and challenged by it. What if change brought out the best of you and showcased all of your skills?
Change is inevitable. Nothing stays the same forever. You will grow old. You will have to change your clothes. That coffee you are drinking will eventually reach the bottom of the cup. At some point you'll be done reading this article. The day will end and a new one will start tomorrow. You finish a sentence, and then someone else starts a new one.
Change is happening around you all the time without you even noticing it. It's what makes life happen. Learn to embrace it!
Sometimes the things we believe about ourselves make it harder to accept change. If you feel you deserve success, good health or an endless supply of cheese, anything that takes these things away from you will feel unfair – so much so that you might even deny the fact that change is happening at all.
Change is inevitable and it happens to all of us. So get ready for it, and adapt quickly.
Make sure that you're constantly aware of your surroundings and being present, so that you can anticipate when change might occur. Sometimes we have a habit of glorifying the situations and people around us or thinking that we're entitled to consistency. Sorry to break it to you: but people, and scenarios will change. It's inevitable.
So the more aware you are of your surroundings (and if you "sniff" the cheese frequently to assess when it's going bad) you'll be able to predict when a change might occur, and prepare yourself for it.
Adapt To Change Quickly
Visualizing your goals helps you push through the fear that keeps you from dealing with change. When change is happening, come to terms with it, and quickly keep moving forward.
Be Ready To Change Quickly And Enjoy It Again
Change your perception of change. The better you become at adapting to it, the more enjoyable it will become to you. Change is an opportunity to bring out the best version of you.
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