On the way to reaching any worthwhile goal, chances are you will be faced with rejection. How you deal with this rejection is often the deciding factor that will determine whether or not you reach your goal.
Many people unfortunately take rejection very personally and view it as a reflection of their self worth. For example, when you apply for a job and are not successful, it is easy to start thinking things like, "I guess I’m just not good enough…"
In order to overcome the ‘rejection barrier’ and reach your most important goals, you must learn to dismiss these negative thoughts.
But of course that is easier said than done!
In this weeks edition of Dare To Dream I’d like to share with you a simple idea that can help you eliminate the negative feelings often associated with rejection.
Imagine for a moment that you are facing a very large wall. In front of you are a number of bright red doors.
Behind one of these doors lies your goal. This could be your perfect job, your ideal partner etc. Your job is simply to keep opening doors until you find the right one.
Now let me ask you a question…If you were single and you knew that your perfect partner was waiting for you behind one of these doors, how much sense would it make to open one door and then say, "I’m not good enough to find someone special so I’m not going to open any more doors…"
In this simple example it’s quite clear that the act of opening doors should have absolutely no bearing on your personal self image. It is simply something you have to go through in order to find what you are looking for.
If you can adopt a similar approach to dealing with rejection in the real world, you will become unstoppable!
Achieving your dreams is a numbers game. If you have the courage and determination to knock on enough doors, you will find the right one.
The next time you are faced with rejection, instead of taking it personally and criticizing yourself, think of the red doors and say out loud, "This was just a wrong door" and move on to try the next door.
Until next time,
Dare To Dream!