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Every time I thought I was being rejected from something, I was being redirected towards something greater. Nevertheless, in the moment, rejection still feels like an untimely heart sink. And for that very reason, many people avoid taking risks or pursuing certain opportunities because they’ve experienced the heartache that comes with working towards a goal and then hearing the word “NO”.
As I’ve matured, my relationship with rejection has grown as well. I no longer internalize an unfulfilled goal as a failure on my part. Now, I view it as an opportunity to pursue something greater. Sometimes we are so fixated on sticking to the plan and reaching a desired outcome that we don’t allow the stories of our journeys to be uniquely written. So, it is time that we learn to loosen our grip on being in control and make space for miracles and divinity.
Here's a perfect example. If you would've told me a year ago that I would be working remotely from NYC, enjoying my 9-5, and starting a creative consulting business on the side; I would have probably laughed in your face and checked your pulse to see if you were breathing okay LOL. A year ago, my work environment was toxic. Every day was a struggle to be seen, heard, and valued as a professional. Once I transferred teams, what I initially viewed as rejection evolved into a redirected blessing in disguise. I am in a happier space, doing work that is valued, with people who value each other and show it in every way.
So this week, I am sharing three tips that can help you embrace “rejection” and use it as a slingshot to being divinely placed into spaces where you are celebrated and not tolerated.
1. Shift your perspective: First order of business, let's shift how we view rejection. If rejection is indeed redirection then we need to embrace it as life’s silver lining. Take YOUR power back.
2. Detach from the outcome: Next, be committed to working towards your goals but not so hyper-focused on how you will achieve them. Sometimes, we spend our energy fixated on our approach that we do not see the new possibilities in being rerouted and realigned. Leave space for your story to be beYOUtiful.
3. Practice Patience: *cues Stormi’s patience song* We can all take a page from Stormi’s book. As we pursue our goals in life, our journeys will be filled with many unpredictable highs and lows. Learning to practice patience with ourselves and the process is paramount as good things DO take time.
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