Most people feel that rejection is bad. Iâ€™ve learned better. Rejection is the catalyst that makes me refocus and re-motivate my life goals. Rejection is the one thing that can make me take a firm look at where I am (and where I am headed) and give me the courage (or discouragement) to turn in the right direction.
Rejection is a good thing.
This is a new way of life for me. Growing up, I couldnâ€™t stand rejection. I was apt to reject first just to avoid the hurt. Even more likely was not trying. Failure was just not an option.
Before I left for college, my high school sweet heart rejected me. If he had not, it is likely that I would never have gone so far away to school. I met people from all over the world at college. I made friendships that hold fast today. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I only experienced because of rejection.
While at college, I met a nice guy. He fit into my plans, so we made arrangements to get married. Exactly one month before the wedding, he rejected me. I was forced to re-examine what we had, where we were going and the why of it all. It was only after rejection that I discovered that as good as he was, he was not the great that I wanted for my life.
Rejection forced a change in my life.
Back in my home town, I reconnected with my high school sweet heart. We spent months being pals and friends. It was an amazing time. We were married on New Yearâ€™s Eve at the end of that year (and recently celebrated our 14 year anniversary).
As painful as it may feel at the time, rejection is a good thing. It makes you push yourself a little farther, see yourself a little better, or make yourself do a little more than you would otherwise accomplish. Rejection is the motivator that will help you climb to the pinnacle of your dreams.
Embrace rejection and then determine to rise above!