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 a catalyst for business and individual change. Throughout her career, she has consistently led corporate businesses into the future, often achieving process improvement and change that others could not. Mary’s enthusiastic attitude and tenacious ability to keep moving forward is why she identifies with this quote from Dale Carnegie: “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” Passionate about problem resolution and committed to coaching and leading others, Mary is driven to ensure that everything she does provides lasting value. At a young age, her leadership and public speaking skills were recognized and nurtured through her ten-year participation in 4-H. She has also fostered change for businesses such as Parkinson Voice Project, where she directed the implementation of their website and online learning management system, and Overhead Door Corporation, where she created and launched a successful core data process improvement strategy. During her tenure with The Michaels Companies, Mary held five Director positions and three Vice President roles, and pioneered the company’s expansion into Quebec. Her efforts to lead the transformation of over 40,000 craft items to three languages resulted in Michaels becoming the first international retailer to acquire language certification from Quebec on the initial attempt. This meant Michaels successfully adherred to strict French-language laws. Mary has over 20 years in executive leadership in the retail industry and for 10 years led supply chain shipment improvement and savings and reduction efforts at Michaels. Mary is a Dale Carnegie graduate, certified trainer, and consultant for Dale Carnegie DFW's Executive Leadership training. She holds an MBA in Global Management from the University of Phoenix and a degree in Human Development, Clothing Studies from Pennsylvania State University.

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