Leading Others Through Change (4 of 17) by Chuck McAlister

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Dr. Chuck McAlister
(Nehemiah 2:10-20)


-- Great little book ... Who Moved My Cheese? By: Spencer Johnson
-- Can read it in an hour or less ... A parable about change ...
... Story of 2 mice and 2 little people who live in a maze and everyday go out in search of cheese until one day they find a huge stash of cheese at Cheese Station C.
... The 2 little people, Hem and Haw, settle into a routine of coming to Cheese Station C everyday with their 2 little mice buddies, Scurry and Sniff.
... One morning they arrive at Cheese Station C and there is no cheese ... Sniff and Scurry look at each other ... put their running shoes on ... and scurry off to sniff out new cheese ... They quickly adapt ... They change.
... Hem and Haw immediately begin to fuss about how unfair it is that the cheese is gone ... Both refuse to adapt at first ... until finally Haw leaves his friend, Hem ... all hemmed in ... to go out in search of new cheese.

(A) As I said earlier ... this is a parable ...
1- Cheese ... represents what you want ... your dream for your job ... relationships ... finances ... health ... children ... family ...etc.
2- The maze is where you look for your dream to be fulfilled.

(B) There are 4 powerful lessons about change taught in this tiny book:
1- Change Happens ... they keep moving the cheese.
2- Anticipate Change ... get ready for the cheese to move.
3- Monitor Change ... smell the cheese often so you know when it is getting old.
4- Adapt to Change Quickly ... the quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you can enjoy new cheese.

-- In the story ... Haw learns to adapt because he gains a vision of new cheese ... and has a dream of finding new cheese ... while Hem refuses to make the change and listen to his friend ... He stays all hemmed in and angry about the changes he must face.

(C) Like it or not ... ...

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