On Tuesday, the weather forecast called for an accumulation of 1-3 inches of snow between Wednesday and Thursday morning. By Thursday morning, the official record was 40 inches. Some folks were without power. No one was driving anywhere. So plans had to change.
Step 1: Don’t Panic in Large, Friendly Letters
Instead of grabbing your towel (as recommended by The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy), take a deep breath. Our primitive limbic system reacts to the unexpected with an automatic reaction of fear.
Successful people know this and take a moment to curb that response and regain control. The military teaches its forces breathing techniques for combat situations. We may not be dealing with a life-or-death issue, but taking a moment to breathe and regain control of our initial response.