According to Wikipedia, the word “rejection” was first used in 1415. The original meaning was “to throw” or “to throw back”. The most common occurrence of rejection is in social and professional contexts. I want to share with you 5 effective methods for dealing with rejection in any context.
- Don’t take it personal
If you consider rejection as being an attack of your character, it will be more damaging to your self-esteem. Consider it to be a fact of life and move on.
- Look for the good side of the situation
Were you denied a job position? Maybe the pay was not up to your expectations and a better offer is just a couple of weeks (or days) away from you. Everything bad has a good side, you sometimes have to look hard to find it but you eventually do.
- Share your story with a someone who cares about you
It could be a close relative or a good friend, but sharing your bad experience with someone helps in reducing its impact on you. That is especially true when your confident has been through similar experiences and is willing to laugh with you about them.
- Count your blessings
What does that have to do with rejection? Well, most people when they experience rejection, they tend to close their eyes to their surroundings and open their hearts and minds to post-rejection stress. Close your heart and mind to stress and open your eyes to notice and appreciate the little you have.
- You did it! Congratulate yourself
Lots of people don’t want to experience rejection, so they remain in their comfort zones and seldom achieve anything. By facing your fear of rejection and experiencing harsh rejection, you have set yourself on the path to obtain what you ultimately want. It might take some more rejections or not, but whatever more it takes, congratulates yourself as you are on the right track.
Dealing with rejection becomes easy when you know what you want and are determined to get it. Stay focused on your goal and consider rejections as small bitter pills to swallow on your way to your ultimate destination.