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Is Someone Moving Your Cheese?

Are you thinking about making a big change in your life?

Hello! I have just launched my new website for my business BodyFiT Physical Therapy about 2 weeks ago and I am finally ready to start blogging. I have so much to write about injuries, health and fitness, physical therapy, CrossFit, Pilates, Yoga and Running, but my first topic is about CHANGE since starting a business and taking this leap of faith is a huge risk. Many people would not dare to start their own business as owning your own business places 100% of the work and risk on your shoulders. Maybe for some this is too much change leading to too much fear of whether it can be successful?

Are you thinking about making a big change in your life? Are you worried, scared, consumed by doubt and fear, and have procrastinated about making a change so much so that you have created paralysis by analysis? It can be any type of change, whether it be a relationship, job, or lifestyle shift. So, what really helped me see the possibility of change, was a mouse! No not that mouse located in Orlando…it was actually four mice. This group of four mice convinced me to see the direction my career was taking me and encouraged me to make a significant alteration in the future of my career. These mice I refer to are in the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson M.D. If you are consumed by worry and fear about change then this book is for you. It is a super easy read and incredibly enlightening. I could see myself in each of my little furry friends, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw. I could understand and relate to their paralyzing fear and short-sited impulsiveness.

Here is a quick summary of the book with various excerpts taken directly from the text: The book is the story of these four mice, Sniff, Scurry, Hem and Haw; sometimes we may act like Sniff who sniffs out change early, or Scurry who scurries into action, or Hem who denies and resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse, or Haw who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better! These mice live in a maze and look for cheese to nourish them and make them happy. Cheese is a metaphor for what you want to have in life—whether it is a good job, a loving relationship, money, a possession, health, or spiritual peace of mind. And the Maze is there you look for what you want—the organization you work in, or the family or community you live in. In the story, the characters are faced with unexpected change. Eventually, one of them deals with it successfully, and writes what he has learned from his experience on the Maze walls. When you come to see the “handwriting on the Wall, you can discover for yourself how to deal with change, so that you can enjoy less stress and more success (however you define it) in your work and in your life.”

The Handwriting on the Wall: 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 the Change!—Savor the adventure and enjoy the taste of new cheese; Be ready to change quickly and enjoy it again and again—They keep moving the cheese.

Please read this book if you feel that you are at a turning point with your life, whether it be in your job, your relationship, your finances, a possession you want, your health or your mental state.

In my blog, I will be featuring several topics as they relate to your health and wellness, an injury and rehabilitation, but I also hope to feature a book every month that I have found helpful in dealing with any adversity we face in our lives so you all can take care of your mental health as well and not just your physical health.

Be well and read this book if you think someone has been moving your cheese!

Thanks for reading!

Cindy Langer MSPT
BodyFiT Physical Therapy