By simply reframing the problem and looking instead at opportunities, we are far more able to deal with the rejection – whatever it may be – and look instead at the positives that it creates even if they are not readily or immediately recognizable.
2. Make it part of the Routine
Shit happens. It really does. I am in no way telling you that rejection will never occur to you ever again if you embrace these creativity and innovation tools. But I have noticed that some of the most powerful companies and superstars in various careers have made rejection a part of their daily routine. So much so that nothing sticks. Like Teflon.
If we make rejection part of our daily routine, we don’t feel its immediate brunt as it becomes more common. That proposal that was rejected by the client? OK – part of the normal routine. Let’s get another one out the door with some tweaks and hopefully it will get approved. That huge RFP that you put out that didn’t turn into a contract? It’s part of the normal ebb and flow of the business. Let’s try again.
When we make rejection a part of our daily routine, we take the stigma out of it and make it expected instead of something to loathe and run away from. And when you do that – then guess what? Rejection isn’t all that bad – we become used to it. And when rejection loses its scary fear, it becomes another thing we endure daily to overcome. Like traffic or bad weather.
3. Learn all you can
Rejection creates a prime opportunity to learn. Yet so many people are emotionally invested in whatever they get rejected over that they are unable to see the forest for all the trees. And what ends up happening is that we miss a very important opportunity to learn from the rejection. It is literally one of the world’s best real-life chances to fix something that isn’t working. Yet so many of us don’t even want to talk about what is not working, and we lose an amazing, powerful innovative and creative spark.
Rejection is one of nature’s most perfect ways of telling us that what we are doing is not working, and to change course. There are tons we can learn from that.
Is it a particular offering that isn’t working? Is it the market we have selected? Is it the approach or the strategy that isn’t working and led to this rejection? By not asking these questions and many more, we rob ourselves of potential creativity and innovation that can make us better in every way – both as a company, as individuals and as an industry. So many times we blow right past these chances to become something greater after rejections. Let’s not let another day pass. Next time we are faced with rejection, lets learn all we can from it and embrace the learning potential.
Rejection in its forms is a tough thing to deal with. Both at work and personally. And while most people spend their lives running away from it, we instead need to face it head on. There is no real creativity and innovation created when we spend our time running away from the fire of difficulties, for it is in these difficulties that the embers of creativity are born. The material is out there for you to fulfill your God given greatness in your industry, but you have to pay attention to the signposts along the way to succeed.