How to Handle Rejection
Whether you tried getting the number of your gym crush, were last picked for the company’s annual softball game, weren’t accepted at your dream school or declined for a new job, rejection hurts. Everyone has experienced it and it is very possible you will be rejected for something or by someone in the future. However, we composed a quick guide on how you can manage the awful feeling of rejection in just 6 steps:
- Cry if you want. It is not a bad thing to feel emotions; there is no harm in giving yourself some time even a full day to feel sad or disappointed.
- Learn why. It is important to figure out why you were rejected, take it upon yourself to learn where the “no” came from. Naturally, give yourself some time to calm down or get back into baseline before approaching the responsible individual. If that girl or boy said no to you asking for their number, ask why because you could learn something useful. “I’m sorry, I’m already in a relationship.” Or, “We are looking for someone who can work more hours.” Now you can realize that it was nothing personal and they might’ve provided you with some constructive feedback.
- Immediately begin taking action towards your goals. Your response may vary greatly depending on the situation. For example, you can start applying at other companies after tweaking your resume to reflect that you have no issue working longer than expected or apply at other schools after touching up on your application essays or verifying that you submitted accurate information. It will feel good to get back out there and try again.
- Have a backup plan. If you are only dating one person and they tell you that they don’t want to see you anymore, that’s going to hurt. However, if you’re dating a couple of people that you find interesting and enjoyable and one ends up cutting it short, you won’t be completely devastated and can begin focusing on other dates. Make sure to create Plan B, C and so forth so you can jumpstart step 3.
- Accept that some things are just meant to be. Rejection happens, sometimes there may be no depth to the reasoning behind it and that’s perfectly okay. We all know the famous saying that when one door closes, another one opens and you may not know exactly where that door is. Don’t take it too seriously and begin moving forward in your goals or relationships.
- Ask for help. Getting support and encouragement from your family or friends who love and care about you can make a huge difference in your attitude and mood. Maybe all you need is a hug or a conversation over coffee to get you back into the groove of things.
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