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How to Stop Taking Rejection So Personally

Of the many things in life that cut us deep (emotionally speaking), rejection has got to rank up there, especially when it comes to dating.

We experience rejection on a lesser level during job hunting, pitching ideas to others, proposing certain activities when in groups, etc.

But regardless of what the experience rejection rears itself, it hurts.

Make no doubt about it.

We invest a lot into whatever we are “pitching” and because we invest a lot on our own part – our ideas, time, effort, energy, we can’t help but NOT separate ourselves from what we are pitching.

Rejection cuts deep because it triggers something in you that comes from tribal human instinct. Rejection back in the day meant, on a severe scale, being shunned from the group, and if you weren’t part of the group, you couldn’t survive for too long.

Avoiding rejection is literally tied to our survival instinct.

What’s more, rejection brings us down in life into this nasty rut.

We fall into this hole that just gets deeper and deeper. We ruminate over why we were rejected, what it was about us that accounted for the rejection, why we are that way, etc.

By the time we finally muster up the gusto to crawl back out, when the opportunity to “pitch” presents itself again, we find ourselves more hesitant than ever because we don’t want to experience rejection and the hole we just climbed out of.

How do we solve this?

Fact: Everyone gets rejected.

It’s as normal as breathing in and out.

It’s not an isolated incident.

Moreover, you don’t really know EXACTLY what the reason might be for the rejection. It might possibly have NOTHING to do with you at all, yet we always think it does, which is just our ego getting in the way.

Perhaps the other person isn’t in the mood, is having one of the crappiest days ever, or just doesn’t want to deal with anything right now.

You don’t know.

So don’t automatically assume it is you.

But even if it is, don’t fret about it because again, everyone gets rejected.

The secret to not taking rejection personally lies in the focus.

Don’t focus on the rejection.

Focus on the doing.

Be consistent in “pitching”.

There WILL come a day, when you won’t get rejected.

Until that time comes, you will naturally learn how to reduce rejection and develop thick skin too pretty easily.

If you focus on the rejection, you go automatically to the “why me?” question and your brain of course, since it’s a computer, answers accordingly and spits out all these reasons why you were rejected.

That triggers the spiral and down the hole you go.

When the focus is just on consistency, on pitching, it doesn’t sting so much.

Now, there’s a little catch to this, a very subtle one and if you miss it, you won’t progress very far.

When you focus on the doing, don’t go all out the first time.

Think of like when you’re swimming. Most of us gradually enter the pool, body part by body part so we can adjust to the temperature.

First a toe, then a foot, then a leg, then the other leg, we squat a bit, splash water on our chest, rub it on our arms, and then slowly submerge fully under the water.

It doesn’t shock us that bad if we try that approach.

Now let’s assume metaphorically that a guy tried the cannon ball approach into the pool when he finally mustered up the courage to ask out a girl he kind of knew.

The girl said no.

Rejection city.

He’s probably not going to want to “cannon ball” ever again.

So this time he doesn’t go all out the first time.

He dips a toe into the pool.

Figuratively speaking, what does that mean?

He just says “Hi” to every woman he encounters in his daily life.

The women at the gym, women in the parking lot, workplace, supermarket, coffee place, bookstore, dry cleaners, etc.

Just “Hi”. Nothing else.

Then, the “how’s it going?”

Then the “I like that ______. Where did you get it?”

And on and on and on.

Soon, he’s comfortable with talking to women. It’s as natural to him as breathing. Plus, he knows a ton of women now. His pool for potential dates is pretty big.

So he finally musters up the courage to ask out a woman he fancies, a different woman this time.

No dice.

But that’s OK now.

See, it’s easy for him to regroup and ask out another woman because the whole idea of being comfortable around women is natural to him now. He also has a lot of women to choose from. He went through that process of getting comfortable around women and now talking to them is second nature whereas before, he skipped that process and “cannon balled” in.

I hope the difference here is clear.

It’s not about “cannon balling” consistently, at least not in the beginning.

In the beginning, you become consistent in the doing of the process, and that will inevitably lead you to become comfortable with “cannon balling” and that’s when you start doing it consistently and getting the results you seek.

I use the dating example because it represents one of highest levels of anxiety that rejection finds itself in.

If a guy/girl can conquer rejection in that arena, chances are, anything else will be a pretty easy to deal with.

Stop taking rejection so personally.

It happens to everyone.

Focus not on the rejection, but on the doing, on the process.


As you do it, you’ll learn a hell of a lot and all that experience and learning will give you the confidence to “cannon ball” and if you get rejected, no biggie, because now you have what it takes to easily “cannon ball” consistently.

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