Redirecting Rejection Into Positive Outcomes

Throughout your career, it wouldn’t be  uncommon for you to experience the  painful process of rejection. Be it from a  job interview, submitting a critical proposal  or simply being denied a promotion  - rejection can often occur in your day to-day work life. It’s essential to learn from  these experiences and create positive  outcomes for yourself and your career. 
Rejection can often be followed by harsh self criticism, negative thinking and a generally poor  outlook on how you can progress. It might seem  like you’re hitting a wall, particularly if you are being  rejected for the same thing, over and over again. 
It is important to understand that rejections happen  for a reason, but not always the reason you might  be thinking about. A proposal that you’ve spent  time working and worrying about might be rejected  because it requires a little more work to iron out  some details, or a rejection from a job interview  
might be because another candidate fit what they  were looking for more. Rejection is not always about  what you lack but more so about what you can  improve upon for next time.  
Here’s a tip: turn that rejection into a positive  outcome. Were you rejected in a job interview? Ask  what you can do to improve your chances of getting  a similar position or the reason for the rejection (and  if you could improve on that reason). 
Here’s a couple of strategies on how to handle  rejection and direct yourself towards more positive  thinking. 
  1. Manifest positive outcomes with your positivity  - approaching an opportunity with negative  thoughts of failure before you’ve even tried  could impact how you approach it overall. 
  2. Use rejection to get outside of your comfort  zone and make changes, take risks and overall  deal with the adversity you can face. 
  3. Don’t take rejection personally - it’s all too easy  to assume from the rejection that it is you who  is the failure, and not that you happen to have  failed at that specific outcome. 
  4. Turn the rejection into a learning experience  for self-growth and self-exploration.
  5. Promote positive self talk when interpreting  why you might have been rejected. 
Rejection is something that everyone has at least  once in their life experienced. As a not uncommon  occurrence, rejection has a way of teaching,  redirecting, and reflecting on improving and  challenging ourselves to do better.

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