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7 Things to Remember When Handling Rejection

7 Things to Remember When Handling Rejection

Fear of rejection can keep you from reaching your goals and dreams. It can creep into your creativity. You could have done something great, or something that could have changed your destiny. But because you don’t know how to handle your fear, you’re forced to live a mediocre life.

The good news is you don’t have to.

What if you got better at handling rejection? Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how?

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By knowing how to handle rejection, you could accomplish things you’ve always dreamed about. It isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible! Rejection is a necessity in life. It is something we should not try to avoid. Instead of fearing or avoiding it, it’s better to learn how to handle it so it won’t stop you from living your life.

1. Find out if the rejection is legit.

It might be that the person who rejected your idea didn’t exactly understand what you have to offer. Find out first where the rejection came from. If it came from a valid source, carefully study the rejection and see how you can improve.

If the rejection came from someone who isn’t credible, it might be better to shrug it off and move on. It’s important to ask for feedback from others, but you should also known when to outsource credible feedback.

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2. Don’t ignore the rejection.

Every rejection is holds room for improvement. Think about the things you can learn about this experience and how you can do better. It might help at first to ignore the rejection for awhile. That’s totally fine. But take extra care to ponder about the rejection and learn from it. Dismissing a rejection is dismissing an opportunity to learn.

3. Don’t dwell on it too much.

While it is true that you shouldn’t ignore rejection, you also don’t need to dwell on it too much. Everybody gets rejected in their lifetime. It is a part of life. Rejection simply means something better can happen. Better things couldn’t come your way, if you refuse to be rejected all the time.

Dwelling to much on rejection steals opportunities that you might have overlooked because you refused to let go. After you’ve learned from the experience, move on from it and try again. This time you can do better because you’re already armed with knowledge and experience.

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4. Start asking questions.

By asking questions, you can look at your situation from a better perspective. Rejection can be painful. Asking the right questions will not only lead you to learn new things to improve, but will also give you a sense of meaning. Ask questions like: How will I turn this rejection into an opportunity? What could have I done better? What could I have done wrong that I could do better next time around?

By answering these questions, you get to know more about yourself and your situation. You’ll know what the necessary steps you need to take.

5. Ask yourself what you can learn

Rejection is a part of the learning process. If we dismiss this idea, we dismiss a ton of learning experiences that are available at hand.

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6. Rejection isn’t always about you

Don’t take rejection personally. If someone tells you, “your idea isn’t the right fit for us,” they are rejecting the idea, not you. Take a careful look at the statement. Your idea might not be the right idea for them, but it could be the brightest idea to someone else.

Even if somebody rejects you personally, remember that there is a better place or person waiting for you. Instead of focusing on thinking about yourself as a loser, consider it a favor that you’ve lost a pebble, to make way for you to find some diamonds.

7. It’s okay to feel the pain of rejection.

Rejection is painful. It’s human nature to feel pain. Don’t ignore the feeling by denying that you’re not hurt. Instead, acknowledge the pain, learn from it, and then move on.

Rejection is a part of our lives. It’s necessary for us to thrive. Handling rejections can be tough, but every successful person has encountered quite a number of them. If you learn to accept and deal with the “No”, you’ll discover a mountain of “Yes” and opportunities.

Featured photo credit: Sweet Sorrow/Caro Wallis via flickr.com

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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