We had just finished a week-long cruise when I learned I had a job interview Monday morning. We flew home, I unpacked and repacked, and flew from Dallas to Seattle for the interview. Even though I had experienced a 5-hour time change and I should have been exhausted, my adrenaline was pumping as I checked into my hotel in Seattle. I began to unpack, and my heart sank when I opened my briefcase to prepare for my interview, and discovered I had no hard copies of my resume. To make matters worse, I could not locate my chargers for my phone or iPad. I called my husband in a panic and he suggested I find an office store to get copies of my resume and purchase a charger.

Now why didn’t I think of that? I let panic take over.

I called the hotel operator and she gave me directions to the nearest office store. She informed me the store opened at 7:00 am so I should have no problem obtaining copies. I shut my phone and Ipad off and went to bed.

The next morning, I went to the office store, picked up my copies, bought a phone charger, and was at the potential employer with time to spare before the interview. I was calm, cool and collected. Ironically, all those that interviewed me already had copies of my resume, so I was worried for nothing!

It’s easy to get into a panic over problems that have simple solutions.  When you face troubles, ask yourself, “what is the worst that could possibly happen?” Then prepare to accept the worst, and if possible, try to improve upon the worst. When we stop allowing stress to take over our lives we will feel stronger and more secure when we face troubles.

Click here to access all of the Dale Carnegie’s principles that stop you from overreacting to stressful events!

Posted by Mary Kuniski

Mary Kuniski is passionate about the Dale Carnegie principles delivered over 100 years ago and continues to experience success today by employing those ageless ideologies. Ms. Kuniski is a Dale Carnegie graduate of 2010 and since that time has coached four programs. She has over 35 years of management experience and has held an Executive level position for the past 20 years. Currently, Ms. Kuniski is the Director of Master Data Management at Overhead Door Corporation, a position she has assumed in June 2015. She spent the past 19 years employed by Michaels Stores, Inc as a Vice President of Vendor Management, where she managed supply chain optimization and quality assurance for the company. She oversaw a multi-million dollar budget and drove operational excellence for domestic and international vendor community of 800+ vendors resulting in a 99.84% shipment accuracy ratio. Over the course of her career with Michaels, Ms. Kuniski also held the responsibilities for Vendor and Facilities Management, Store Communication and Store Management. Ms. Kuniski received a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Merchandising from Penn State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

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