Who Moved my Cheese was published in the year 1998 written by Spencer Johnson. This tiny book has been written in the simplest English with the least complex fictional characters in the history of writing but is profoundly true and brimming with obviousness that its only a miracle of some sort that we ignore it with amazing ease. The Story starts with the four protagonist Hem & Haw- the tiny people and Sniff and Scurry- the two mice, both jog through a maze every morning towards cheese stations to get their fill of the day. They do this day after day for as long as they can, till the particular cheese station is empty. The mice, rightly named Sniff and Scurry are quick to notice and anticipate change. One day when sniff and scurry arrive at their cheese station and notice the absence of any cheese, they are quick to process this information and scurry away to sniff out another source of cheese. But the same does not happen to the tiny people, when on the same day Hem and Haw arrive to find no cheese, they simply assume it to be a temporary thing, and the station they held so dear can’t let them down, and it was only a matter of time, that they would find the same joy of satisfying cheese again. And they repeated this safe mantra to themselves every day till they felt sick to their stomach from hunger and disappointment, they knew the big change couldn’t be reversed, but scared to get out of their comfort filled and denial fueled situation, were paralyzed. Meanwhile Sniff and Scurry had already found a bigger/better cheese station across the maze and were busy dishing out on the new cheese. But Haw instinctively knew the change had arrived and to survive he must make a move to another place, but was held back by fears. Fearfully but Haw knew that he must overcome this disabling fear of change to get to new cheese. So once again, he brought his running shoes out that he had tucked away so very methodically after discovering the cheese station. And ran out into the maze in find of new cheese that was out there somewhere. As he lapped along the journey he released the inevitability of change and disappointment of not having released that sooner. He ran and ran, overcoming his fears of newness and imagining himself gorging on newer cheese, which made his goal more and more real for him. He felt alive at discovering new bits of cheese on the way and hoped that Hem would soon follow him into the maze. But this time Haw was a new person, he wasn’t going to let the same stagnation happen again as he it had earlier, he made sure he wrote his lessons on the walls of the maze, to internalize them and in-case he needed to trace his way back or to another station. Haw felt alive, his only regret, he hadn’t done it sooner.
Eventually Haw did discover the bigger/better cheese station. But this time he had learned his lesson. So he regularly smelled cheese to know if it’s going stale, took inventory of the remaining cheese and trusted and developed his ability to find cheese again- in short controlled fear. And lived happily and practically ever after.
In this metaphorical tale, cheese stands for anything that we think will bring us eternal happiness, but as Haw demonstrated, the only constant in life is change and developing the habit of recognizing, recording and reflecting on newer cheeses, is the only formula to finding eternal happiness in life.
The faster you recognize change, the faster you will come with an antidote. The more records you take, the better you will strategize and the more you reflect, the easier the transition would be.
But the book just isn’t preaching of change, it’s also asking its readers to make plans devoid of any existence of fear, fear which is a reflex from the lessons learned, histories read and is nothing but glorified caution. Fear is a friend not a foe when regulated.Hence the book asks the most simple and powerful questions of them all, ‘What would you do, if you weren’t afraid?’
Have you thought of what would you do if you weren’t afraid? I would sing to the crowds of thousands and roll around in grass. Fantasies apart next time you are taking a decision, take off you fear cloak and make plans.
Our website www.laywi.com has incorporated lessons from who moved my cheese, LAYWi is personal development website with a twist, it’s not just an app but also a highly sophisticated tool which has its roots firmly in science of human psychology, monitoring for you and guiding you at each step of your project management towards a life that you want.
LAYWi has tools that shows you progress made in all projects and assignments started by you on LAYWi, daily/weekly/monthly, as you would like it, so you can assess the state of your cheese. It has tools like diaries and Personal SWOTs that let you reflect on your cheese, if its depleting or would you rather have a different kind of cheese altogether. LAYWi is deeply based in science of human psychology and motivation which helps you structure your plans in such a manner that you always invent ways of locating more cheese. All one has to do is sign up, and start doing. Its Free!
The main thing while working with an app like LAYWi is that you can’t ever forget the writing on the walls. Because that is what guides your motivation to find more cheese. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Getting out there and letting go of your comforts is the only way you will locate new cheese. Always take stock. Accept change and transition. Constantly override your old ways with new ones to stay closer to cheese.
LAWYi, as its stands for life as you want it, helps you take charge of your cheese supply. It helps you imagine more ways to acquire cheese. Bottom-line: You move your own cheese. Total cheese control!
Cheese- the thing that we think will make us eternally happy, is only a plan away, just box that fear away and think to yourself, ‘What would you do if you weren’t afraid”?! and the world is your oyster.