Dealing with Rejection

Rejection hurts. Getting rejected can be hard. It’s impossible to avoid rejection. Life is about going for things and while you are at it, rejection is always a possibility. Rather than ignoring or denying the pain, strong people acknowledge their emotion. They look for ways to deal with it.

Rejection is a sting. It keeps running deep into the emotions. Sometimes, the emotional pain can feel like physical pain. If rejection is this bad, how then can one deal with rejection?

Here are some things to consider on how to deal with rejection:

1. Acknowledge the emotion

Rather than ignoring or denying the pain, acknowledge your hurt. Admit you felt embarrassed and sad.

2. Give yourself credit for trying

Even though you were turned down, there will be another opportunity and time. You could not get it today does not mean you won’t tomorrow. Keep hope alive.

3. Use rejection to your advantage

Rejection is a chance to consider if there are things you need to work on. If you need more skill, learn it. If you need more experience, go for it. Keep developing yourself and you will get better.

4. Heal your bruised ego by listing what you are great at

Make a list of positive qualities you know you possess. This will help you bounce back as soon as possible.

5. Negative self-talk is toxic

Assessing yourself after a rejection experience can help you with what to do next time but avoid writing a negative story about yourself.

6. Surround yourself with people who make you feel valued

People that appreciate you no matter the situation are great. You need them more in your life. Rejection can come at any time and thus people are your pillar to rising up again.

Use rejection as an opportunity to move forward with wisdom.

{Also read: How to Deal with Rejection}

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