We all have experienced rejection in our lives. It’s a part of life.

It could be missing out on winning a new client you really wanted, being passed up for a promotion or not getting a second date with that cute guy/girl you went out to dinner with last weekend.

I’m not sure there is a right or wrong way to deal with rejection, but I do know what we choose to do with it makes all the difference. Here are my tips on what to do if you’re faced with a rejection.

Move forward
Don’t allow the rejection to stop you moving forward and trying again. Although it can be hard, see it as a way to make you stronger and more focused. And don’t allow it to define you.

Don’t take it personally
Well this can be hard, but sit with how the rejection makes you feel and face it. It’s OK to feel sad or disappointed. Try not to respond with negative self-talk, but with true compassion for yourself and the situation.

Look for new opportunities
A rejection may mean it’s an opportunity to do something different. You are surrounded by new opportunities every day, but it’s possible you’re not seeing them. Take a moment to reflect and consider what else is possible for you right now.

Get support
I know I have certain friends that are on speed dial when I’m dealing with a rejection. When you are challenging the status quo or reaching for that goal, reach out for support when you’re pushing through a ‘no’ to help you get to the next level.

Take action
Learn from the situation and then with new growth and wisdom, take action. When it comes down to it, you have to take action to achieve success. Sometimes you have to face the fear and do it anyway.

I believe rejection means that you’re living outside your comfort zone. It means you are brave enough to take risks and have new experiences. And that is a good thing because you are experiencing life completely.






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Catriona Pollard
From Unknown To Expert
CP Communications

PS I’m super chuffed to have my blog, PublicRelationsSydney.com.au listed as one of the Best Business Blogs by SmartCompany . I started this blog when blogs were called weblogs as part of Web 2.0 (remember that!).


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