The reality of life is that rejection will always be a part of life. At a point in your life you will experience rejection. It can be very hard to come to terms with rejection being a part of life, but on the long run, you will. It is human nature to remember the pain, the frustration, but overlook the positives that we have drawn from being rejected. When you think about it, rejection is also a powerful way to grow and develop.
The following tips might work perfectly well for you when dealing with rejection:
Give yourself time to grieve and process a rejection
You are going to feel upset because of a rejection, whether it’s having your manuscript rejected, an idea rejected at work, being rejected by a potential romantic partner. You are allowed to be upset about that, and in fact, it’s healthy for you to give yourself some time to process and grieve.
Take some time out of your life to process the rejection. For example: if you can take the rest of the day off work, do that. Or if you were planning on going out that night, stay in and watch a movie instead. Go for a walk after an upsetting letter rejection.
Talk to trusted friends and family
Sometimes a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to your friends and family about your feelings if you are frustrated after a rejection. Be wary, however, of complaining too much, or airing grievances on social media.
Accept the rejection early
The earlier you accept the rejection and attempt to move on from it, the easier a time you’re going to have. It will also mean that you won’t let rejections in the future absolutely flatten you. Know the time to let go and start looking for something else to do.
Do not take rejection personally
Remember that the rejection says nothing about you as a person. Getting rejected is part of life and it is not a personal attack. For whatever reason the company, the girl, your boss, wasn’t interested in a particular thing. It is not your fault that you were rejected. The other person or people was rejecting something particular that didn’t work for them. They were rejecting the request, not you.
Try/do something else