Rejection is a scary thing. We all fear it and let it control us. Maybe you applied to your dream college and received a follow-up letter saying you didn’t make it in. Or maybe you decided to tell your crush that you’ve liked him for months, but he’d rather be “just friends.” Sound familiar? Denial is discouraging, but it shouldn’t have to be. Here’s a little guide I put together for when you get faced with rejection.
- Express your disappointment. Keeping something bottled up will never have a good result. Let yourself cry, have alone time, or whatever you need to do to help yourself move on. Remember, it’s okay to cry!
- Talk to a friend or someone in your family. Venting is one of my favorite things to do to get something out of my system. Don’t feel like you’re overreacting or being annoying. If they’re a true friend, they’d be happy to sit and listen.
- If you fall down 7 times, stand back up 8. Don’t let your rejection control your future. Instead of dwelling on it, use it as a motivator to succeed the next time!
- Think of what makes you happy and do it. This might sound too simple and direct, but it’s effective. If I’m feeling down, listening to fun music and surrounding myself with good people changes my mood instantly.
- Trust God. I saved the best tip for last. Praying and asking God for help is always my go-to response for rejection. God has a plan that is so much bigger than we can understand. Eventually, everything will fall perfectly into place!
I found a quote on Pinterest that gave me a slightly new perspective: “You could be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, but there’s still going to be someone who hates peaches.” 🙂