It’s a word many of us live in fear of. Why? We habitually misinterpret rejection as a bad thing. A source of shame. Proof of our unsatisfactory skills, services or self.
But what if we stopped seeing rejection as evidence of our inadequacy? What if we stopped seeing rejection as a lost opportunity?
What if rejection is just a redirection?
What if the brush off, the rebuff, the thumbs down, the cold shoulder are all just signposts pointing you back to the path that’s right for you?
What if rejection is a redirection away from what won’t work and toward what will?
What if rejection is not a lost opportunity but rather a favorable circumstance - a chance to conserve energy and resources for something more aligned, more fertile, more fruitful?
Flipping the script on rejection makes hearing “no” more of a relief and less of a letdown. With practice, we become more neutral in response to the “no,” and when we’re more neutral to “no” we can be more resilient and braver with our lives.
Because (listen up!) rejection is a byproduct of bravery.
Rejection only happens when you’re putting yourself out there. Rejection only happens when you’re putting your hand up or making an offer or throwing out an idea or asking a question.
Rejection doesn’t happen to people who are hiding and doubting and shrinking. Those people are living in fear of rejection, which stunts their curiosity, their creativity, their courage, and their conviction. And in my book, that’s a downright dastardly way to waste one’s days here on earth.
So stop taking rejection personally. Start seeing rejection as a redirection. And remember that if you’re being rejected it means you’re living a brave life. So. Good. On. You. Boo.