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January 16, 2012

Attitude and Action

Oh…hi there! It’s been awhile, remember me?

I’m the gal who needs a few more hours in the day in order to get a blog post written! This last week has been insane…as in, crazy-town!

In the midst of the craziness, which I will get to in a minute, I’ve had an overwhelming feeling of peace and balance…which actually stemmed from a cranky attitude, and a bit of stubbornness.

You see, it all started last Tuesday with an email from the Sweetheart. He asked me about something that we’d been tentatively planning on for quite some time. Something that I have realized in the past month or so just doesn’t fit into my budget. I responded to his email, explaining that it was a no-go for me. Totally bummed out, I got crabby.

A little back story, I’ve been applying for jobs, very much on the down-low, since December, when a really great position opened up in town. Over the past few months, it has become very apparent to me that it is time to move on, and I wanted to honor that feeling by at least exploring my options. After that first resume was sent out, a friend sent me another posting that really peaked my interest with another company. I sent the contact my resume, but heard nothing back from them.

Back to last Tuesday, I became a little frustrated that I hadn’t heard back from the company that had received my resume nearly a month ago. So, I sent a follow-up email. I immediately received a link from the company to follow to upload my resume, and fill out some personal information. Moments after the completion of that, I received a call from the office. We spoke for a few moments, and they directed me to a slew of assessments required of all people chosen for…an interview.

What the what?!

An interview was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, the very next day. Apparently, they had never received my first email, where I had responded to the job post with my resume…and the office was closing ALL new interviews, scheduling final interviews with the regional VP…THAT day, and planning on making a hiring decision by Friday. Whoa!

Wednesday came and went, the interview was really wonderful. Professional, personal, and fun! They scheduled an interview with the regional VP for Thursday…which also came and went…followed by 3 phone interviews with other regional managers for Thursday evening.

By the time I got home on Thursday night, I was exhausted…and excited, and nervous. Every person I spoke with made me want to work with the company more…it seemed like the perfect fit.

Friday morning I received a call stating that I was a finalist for the position, 1 of 2, and that I would have an answer by Friday afternoon. At this point, I was a ball of nerves. I thought back on the prior few days, and it was at that point that I felt completely balanced (with the help of some humor from my friends). I had, in a matter of two days, gone from not being a candidate, to taking part in 5 interviews, to being a finalist…all because I had gotten crabby about not being able to afford something in my budget, and decided to DO something about it, and follow-up with a job lead.

THAT, my friends is the power of attitude and action. So many times in my past, I’ve been a victim. “Oh, poor me…I can’t afford that” or “Oh, so sad…look at how I’ve been treated” …instead of looking  at the situation as an opportunity and doing something about it.

If you’ve put in the hard work to set your life up for what you want it to be … go do it!  What is holding you back? Is it comfort that is keeping you from making a change? Is it lack of obstacles leading you to say, “oh, things are ok right now…I’ll go after that dream some other time.” Or, is it fear of rejection?

The obstacles in our lives can be big or small, and they can either lead to a healthy frustration that change can be born from…or to self pity. The cool thing is that we get to decide! The choice is ours.

These obstacles can be as large as health concerns, family problems, grief, depression, serious financial insecurity…on and on. Or, they can be as small as an inability to add something to your budget, which was the case for me.

Either way, if you’ve put in the hard work…what is keeping you from using the obstacle as an opportunity? What is keeping you from using a positive attitude to drive the momentum of action forward?

By Friday afternoon, I realized I really had nothing to loose. I have worked hard to earn the qualifications required of the job description, and have built relationships with people who gave me shining references. (Thank you, by the way!) I have a steady, flexible job that supports my family. I am young and there will be a thousand other opportunities.  I am healthy, as is my family. It was a great experience to  interview again, which I hadn’t done in years. If I did not get the job, I still have a privileged life, supportive family, and awesome friends. I have done the very best that I can. That was all that I could do. The rest was not in my control.

When attitude meets action, very little is out of reach.

This does not mean we will always get what we want, or even what we have worked really hard for. I’ve had my share of rejection, but that rejection led me to work hard, and prepare for the next opportunity.

When that opportunity presented itself, I was ready.

I start my new job in 2 weeks. 🙂

What obstacles have presented themselves in your life? Do you look at them as misfortune, or as opportunity?