Rejection is an experience that’s tough to handle. And although it can come in many forms, there is always one constant – rejection hurts.
But after the reality of your rejection sets in. And you’ve had time to process the feelings of sadness, anger and resentment. You can then begin to heal, and use the rejection as a catalyst to embark upon a new life course.
If you approach it that way, rejection can save your life. Here’s why.
1 – You’ll Evaluate Your Priorities
When you’re rejected, it’s a pivotal moment in your life. You’ve been denied something you wanted. You can either wallow in self-pity. Or you can dig deep and assess why you were rejected. Irrespective of the rejection, a bit of inner reflection is always a good idea.
You may discover that the rejection was out of your control. And if that’s the case, move on. No use dwelling on it. But, if it’s something you did have control over. Well then, you need to understand your missteps.
Use this opportunity to learn from your mistakes and re-evaluate your life priorities.
2 – You’ll Learn Who You Are
Nothing like a negative experience to teach you a little about yourself. It’s kind of odd actually. When you are going through a positive and happy encounter, you just ride the wave of enjoyment. Most often, not much soul-searching goes on during happy times.
But the minute we experience a rejection, we find out really quick of what we are truly made. Are we as strong as we thought? Maybe not. But that doesn’t mean we can’t develop the skills to be strong. Because with each experience – good or bad – we grow. Whether we are conscious of it or not, each experience changes us.
If you can harness the defeat. And not allow the rejection to drag you into the doldrums. Then you are on your way to developing an unstoppable inner strength.
3 – You’ll Start to Live a Life You Love
No one can escape rejection. A life without rejection, is a life not fully lived. Because, the more risks you take, the more rejections you’ll endure. And that’s because you’ve made yourself vulnerable.
But the beauty of vulnerability is this – you’ve opened your mind and heart to something new. And, although you’ll suffer some rejection, the amazing positive experiences you’ll encounter will make it all worthwhile.
I’ve certainly had my fair share of rejections. I’m a risk taker. I love trying new things. Many times, it all works out great and I’m happy about the situation. But unfortunately, not everything I try works out. But, hey, I tried. And after the shock of the rejection wears off. I’m always glad I made the effort.
In a strange twist, a rejection can help you live a more full life. And not just a life of which you are sleepwalking through. The opportunity to reinvent yourself and discover new passions will often be preceded by rejection.
So, push aside the rejection, and continue to pursue a life of passion.