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 an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 35 years of success across the retail, finance, non-profit, and manufacturing industries. She has leveraged her extensive experience in change management, executive coaching, and project management to develop capable and productive leaders. She is a valuable asset for organizations in the process of training employees on operational improvements and leadership skills. Her broad areas of expertise include vendor management, project management, change management, event planning, financial analysis, relationship building, problem-solving and Oracle ERP solution implementations. Mary’s professional​ career has been defined by her ability to obtain increasing positions of seniority and deliver results to diverse clients and companies. She has held leadership positions for organizations including Michaels, Overhead Door Corporation, and Parkinson Voice Project. She currently works as an Independent Consultant and Executive Coach for Golden Professional Coaching, LLC, where she dedicates herself to coaching high-potential executives, executives in transition, and mid-level executives seeking to improve their skills. She also works with small to medium size companies to develop long-term business plans and identify and overcome complex challenges. During her tenure with Michaels, she drove the company’s expansion into Quebec and led the conversion of over 60,000 packages to appear in three languages while successfully adhering to French-language laws. Mary received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Business Administration in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. She received her Certification in Training from Dale Carnegie Training and became a Certified Executive Coach through Marshall Goldsmith. She is affiliated with the National Association of Female Executives and the Network of Executive Women. While working for Michaels, Mary initiated a Woman in Leadership group that grew to over 200 members and maintained a 30% promotion rate for regular attendees.

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