I woke up this morning thinking, “I’ve received three big rejections this year.”
It’s almost the end of April, and even with the smaller ones I’ve received, I’m still behind on my rejections.
Some people think that aiming for 100 rejections is taking a pessimistic view. But what I’ve learned from aiming for 100 is that, you never reach your goal.
The key takeaway from the 100 Rejections target is that we have to ask, to put ourselves out there, to believe in our own abilities and try. Sometimes we get positive feedback. This is great.
Other times the response may be negative. This is good as well, because it gives us fodder to learn, to fail better next time. Perhaps it makes it clear that we’re meant to give up on a particular thing.
(And giving up isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes we hold on to things that aren’t good for us, just because we’re so afraid of the repercussions that come with giving up.)
It’s a lot more difficult to get rejected than we think.
And although there is a physiological response to being rejected, framing a rejection as a win means that response changes. Instead of taking on the posture of a loser, our bodies tell us that we have won.
In this way, we avoid the chemistry of failure taking over our bodies.