Rejection can be difficult to deal with, but it doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for whatever path you’re on.
While rejection completely debilitates some people, it motivates others to reach new limits they never knew were possible.
The difference? Confidence.
Below are some ways I’ve found anyone can maintain confidence in almost any situation. They’re tactics that will help you, too.
Realize That Baby Steps Are Okay
The myth of “overnight success” makes us think that any slight step backward in our journey makes us a lesser person. But as Richard Branson put it: “There are no quick wins in business — it takes years to become an overnight success.”
Expect to Hear a Few Rounds of “No”
Whether you’re searching for a new job, applying for a different role within your organization, or starting your own company and looking for investors, you should not expect to hear yes every time — especially the first few times around. Having an expectation to hear no is beneficial for two reasons.
First, you won’t be as disappointed or shocked by the rejection. Second, this will help you challenge yourself to go for things that may be out of reach.
Understand That It Probably Isn’t Personal
Confident people recognize that a plethora of factors go into a decision (such as a new hire) and are able to separate themselves from the decision. This is not to be confused with always blaming others — it is important to accept the rejection, understand what you can do differently the next time, and then move on.
Pat Yourself on the Back for Pushing Your Boundaries
Let your rejection be proof that you are pushing yourself to the limit. Be proud of yourself for not letting fear get in the way. You’ll maintain confidence when you recognize that pushing the limits shows your mental strength and willingness to take a risk.
Do you have any other tips that help you maintain confidence? I’d love to hear from you!