Monday, March 30, 2015

Properties Change

When I got my first sales job out of college, my manager gave me a book to read.  It was called Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson.  The book describes how variables change in ones personal and professional life and how four (characters) adapt or don't adapt to those changes. Two of the characters in the book adapt to the changes and are successful in finding a new cheese source, while the other two "Hem" and "Haw" argue with themselves and demand to know "Who Moved My Cheese".  I am thankful that he gave me this resource because it taught me life lessons that I still utilize to this day.  I was a young "know-it-all" out of college and quickly realized that my cheese would get moved many times.  I recommend that you read this book.  It is well worth it.

This hunting off-season is proving to be full of change for me.  One of the properties I have access to is an 8 acre parcel.  The lady who owns it has it zoned agricultural and needs to have livestock on it this year to keep her in good standing.  Now 8 acres is fairly small and livestock need room to roam and feed.  She plans on putting up an electric fence around the property and in front of the tree where my stand is, leaving only a small space available to bow hunt.  The property is basically a large field with one cedar tree large enough for my stand.  Another property (50 acres) that I bow hunt on is being logged commercially this spring.  It has been marked for logging roads and basically any tree bigger than 24 inches around has been targeted.  As hunters we know that these are two huge changes.  I remembered the book my manager had give me 12 years earlier and thought about it a lot.  What characters would I resemble as the things around me changed?  Would I just give up on the 8 acre property where I had great luck in the past?  Would the deer still travel on the same trails across the larger property without the safety and security of large trees?  If you read the "Spring is Here"  post, you'd know that I like to use this time to reflect and plan.  I've been giving these two scenarios a lot of thought the past couple weeks upon hearing the news and I am going to adapt rather than settle.

Things can change for the better or for worse in both your personal or professional lives.  As summed up in the book, it is important to remember the following things:

Change Happens
Anticipate Change
Monitor Change
Adapt to Change Quickly
Enjoy Change!
Be Ready to Change Quickly and Enjoy it Again

Please stay tuned because I will be posting updates on here of how I react and adapt to these two scenarios and hopefully provide some insight for those that have experienced situations.

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