We all have felt the sting of rejection throughout our life, and we know how bad it can hurt. Whenever we get turned down, the feeling of frustration and disappointment can be enough to keep us from trying anything ever again. However, some people take this as motivation, and being rejected does nothing but help them to bounce back with more focus and determination. Whether we are being rejected in a professional or personal matter, these 4 tips will help us improve the way deal with such situations.
- Acknowledge your emotions. Being rejected can give us a rollercoaster of emotions that go from stress to embarrassment, disappointment, sadness, and confusion. The best way to deal with rejection is to acknowledge our emotions rather than suppressing them. Instead of telling yourself that this isn’t “a big deal”, face your emotions and find the proper outlet to express them.
- Treat yourself with compassion. Having to deal with being rejected is enough to make us feel bad, and the last thing we need is to fixate on what happened and loading ourselves with negative thoughts. Treat yourself with compassion and repeat helpful mantras to keep your mind from giving in to negative self-talk.
- Don’t let rejection define who you are. It is important to always keep in mind, no matter what, that one incident will not define who you are. If you were rejected by an employer or by someone you’re attracted to, it doesn’t mean that you are unemployable or unlovable. Try to keep rejection in proper perspective, and avoid making generalizations that are definitely not a reflection of who you are.
- Learn the lessons that come from rejection. Just like any other difficult situation we will endure in life, rejection comes with a valuable lesson to learn. Turning this into an opportunity to grow as a person is a great way to deal with rejection better. So, remember to ask yourself what you can learn from rejection and take it to your advantage next time.
“A rejection is nothing more
than a necessary step
in the pursuit of success.”