Rejection is never personal. While the goal or dream might be delayed, it is never denied. Each rejection should be a reminder that it’s about taking the right steps of action and backing that up with unwavering faith and trust that things will work out better than expected.
As they often say in sales, NO doesn’t mean “no.” It only means “Not Yet.”
How can you deal with rejection?
Facts first: Rejection is never personal. We’ve all been there when you apply to 10 jobs and get rejected from them all, or make it till the final round of interviews and get the same old response, “Thank you for your time and consideration, but…” It is never about you as a person — but so much more about the plethora of external factors that go into it.
The key to changing anything in life is accepting it, learning from it, and moving on.
2. Everything is either a blessing or a lesson
If you begin to see every rejection in life as a learning lesson, this allows you to build a positive mindset and grow from the experience to get better next time in achieving your goals.
For example: Let’s say you were interviewing at your dream company and you got rejected — try doing an autopsy of the process. Write down every question asked, every answer you have given, and practice it with a friend or mentor to get some advice.
Being open to change and improvements is key to getting better.
If you never experienced rejection, you're probably not stepping outside your comfort zone to achieve bigger and better things. Grit is an amazing book by Angela Duckworth where she talks about the power of passion and perseverance in creating a life you love.
Grit is a life skill that can be developed with practice and consists of 4 key factors — self-confidence, hope, growth mindset, and the ability to learn from others.
4. Trust the process
“Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Nothing in life lasts forever, not even your problems. No matter how terrible you feel after a rejection — wake up, work towards your goals, and most importantly, learn to be patient with yourself and have unwavering faith in the Universe because, in retrospect, everything in life always works out.
5. Be kind to yourself
Research has proven time, and again that negative thoughts and self-criticism are only meant to harm the mind. Remind yourself that you’re only human, and it’s ok to make mistakes and forgive yourself.
“Living in regret changed my life,” said no one ever!!!
As you go along with your day, remember that the only time you fail is when you don’t try. Keep the efforts strong and your spirits high because your one YES will come one day!:)
Positive affirmations and manifestations bring about joy and peace in our daily lives. But it can get challenging to implement every day, especially when each day comes with its own set of rejections that you’re not quite prepared for.
Whether you’re a recent grad, early into your career, or have several years of experience under your belt, we all face rejection at some point in our lives, especially when it comes to our careers. And it’s during times of adversity that we need to remind ourselves that rejection is redirection.