When things don't go as planned, grape juice on the counter

We’ve all been there… you have a plan, you’re ready, and then things fall apart. It can be as little as something in your daily life like a recent morning for me.

I was thinking a fruit chiller sounded good so I cut up my peaches and put in my frozen raspberries, added some grape juice and turned on the blender. Only someone didn’t put the blender seal in correctly and it wrapped around the blender blades.

I quickly stopped the blender but not before the grape juice leaked all over the counter. Then moving swiftly to try to get to the sink, I got there but when I moved the blender, the bottom dropped into the sink and the fruit dropped into the dog food dish soaking in the sink. So much for that plan.

Is the grape juice leaking all over your counter?

Probably not but you know the feeling, you got up all energetic, ready to get going, and something happened to stop you in your tracks.

Job seekers feel this all the time. You get up and plan to get out there working on your job search (because you do know that when you are a job seeker, job search is your job) and then you can’t get the online application to work, the follow-up calls you planned to make result in no answer or voice mail, your computer file for your resume isn’t where you put it.

You can throw in the towel or you can:

  • Put on some music you love and change your mood.
  • Eat breakfast (even if yours ended up in the dog food dish.) You need nutrition.
  • Do some exercises or take a walk.

Any kind of attitude adjustment exercise will help. When you have that done, you need to get back on it. Make the next call, edit your resume, write that cover letter, or find a new networking connection. Momentum is the key. Don’t get sidelined by a little grape juice on the counter!

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  1. Marilyn LaPorte on August 31, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Julie, Very neat insite for picking ourselves up and dusting ourselves off. My dad is a great coach with that mantra and this post made me think that way too.

    • Julie Walraven on August 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Thanks for commenting, Marilyn. Yes, Attitude adjustment is a huge part of job search and sometimes just as critical as the things we normally think about like resumes or cover letters or resumes. A bad attitude can stall a job search very quickly.

  2. Jane Olson on September 4, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Great motivator, Julie!

    • Julie Walraven on September 4, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Thank you, Jane… Glad you enjoyed it! Hope all is well with you!

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