Staying the course while navigating change


Who Moved My Cheese? This was an incredible book when I read it. This is one of those books that really got me to thinking and was the reason for me to challenge myself on my reason for doing and process for doing. Here is a bit from Wikipedia about this book:

“An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life, published in 1998, is a motivational book by Spencer Johnson written in the style of a parable or business fable. It describes change in one’s work and life, and four typical reactions to said change by two mice and two “little people”, during their hunt for cheese. A New York Times business bestseller since release, Who Moved My Cheese? remained on the list for almost five years and spent over 200 weeks on Publishers Weekly’s hardcover nonfiction list.”

So how do you handle change when it happens suddenly, a new situation takes place and creates a new reality for you? What do you do?

You follow a process and move through and with your new reality.
A process offers a set of steps, protocols and principles that go into place in a sensible order. They are designed to restore perspective, functionality, effectiveness, efficiency and life as you have become use to. Regardless of the situation you are facing, defining a process, implementing it and regularly monitoring it can give order and meaning to the results.

A process involves steps and decisions in the way something is accomplished, and may involve a sequence of events. The process that one follows is as important as the results that are produced by the process.”

Are you following a process to keep things moving forward, or are you stuck or drifting?

Here are a few areas (and in no order) that I check to make sure my process stays on track:

1. Making sure that my vision is clear about what I do and what I am supposed to be doing. It makes it easier to stick with it and persevere. This is what my coaching students know as their 20%.

2. Making sure that my values are clear about why I am doing what I am doing.

3. Making sure that the fundamentals are in place and I am after the best practices available today. These best practice tools constantly change.

4. Nurturing and having a mindset and attitude that is positive, and full of kindness.

If I keep these areas clear, on track and working together, then I am better equipped to deal with and manage those external conditions, like my cheese moving. I still may have no control over my cheese moving, but I have a process and a system in place that will aid me greatly in guiding and moving me forward.

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