I remember reading a book called “Who moved my Cheese” by Dr Spencer Johnson about 20 years ago. One of my fellow managers at the time didn’t get it. The theme in my mind was, if something changes, we need to adapt and change our approach and be proactive in our approach. I received his latest book ‘Out of the Maze” for Christmas which was very poignant for me as Dr Johnson died in 2017. Both of these books, are well worth reading – “Who Moved my Cheese” has already sold 28 million copies!
The first book focused on two mice called Sniff and Scurry and two little people named Hem and Haw. This latest book focuses on beliefs and Haw who got stuck in the Maze. A belief is an acceptance that something exists or is true, especially without proof.
Beliefs are powerful
A belief is a thought that I trust is true
An old belief can hold you prisoner
Some beliefs can hold you down. Other beliefs can lift you up
You can change your mind. You can choose a new belief
You are not a belief. You are the person who chooses your beliefs
What would you do if you believed it was possible?
There are no limits to what you can believe!
Sometimes you have to believe it before you can see it
You don’t have to believe everything you think
The way out of the Maze
Notice your beliefs – a belief is a thought that you trust is true
Don’t believe everything you think – sometimes “facts” are just how you see things
Let go of what isn’t working – you can’t launch a new quest with old baggage
Look outside the maze – consider the unlikely – explore the impossible
Choose a new belief – changing what you think doesn’t change who you are
There are no limits to what you can believe – you can do, experience, and enjoy a lot more than you
think you can
I met somebody recently who used to work for Blackberry who believed 10 years ago that they couldn’t possibly be impacted like Nokia 10 years before!
These inexpensive books are easy and quick to read and tell stories which clearly explain the principles behind the two books. If you are like my previous colleague and you don’t understand cheese or a maze you can always make contact with me firstname.lastname@example.org Even at the end of his life Dr Spencer abided by his beliefs and changed them positively. A very powerful epitaph.