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.