Rejection is everywhere. By definition, rejection means the dismissing or refusing of a proposal, idea or feelings. If you fear rejection or are experiencing it currently check out this video for tips and strategies how to overcome it. Rejection makes you stronger not weaker. It gives you the chance to be successful!
Everyone faces rejection at some point in their life. It crosses every job across all industries especially in business. Entrepreneurs face some of the harshest rejections especially when they first start. Business owners shouldn’t let it get them down. Rejection is a part of life! If you aren’t pushed, how are you supposed to get stronger? Rejection is temporary while success is permanent.
6 Tips to Overcome Rejection in Business
- Set long-term goals: A personal goal also can help you re-frame your thinking to cope better with rejections. Goals that go beyond your business objectives help “you stay focused and persevere through those challenges.” Perhaps you want to pay for your children’s college education or donate money to a favorite charity. It will help you stay motivated if your goal is at the front of your mind. For example, paying off your car in three years instead of 5.
- Don’t take it personally: Many small business owners, especially solopreneurs (sole entrepreneurs), take rejection personally. They figure there’s no one to blame but themselves. “When you work for yourself, you have no excuses,” says Mike Taubleb, founder of Promenade Speakers Bureau, a lecture agency in Brooklyn. “It’s all up to you.” Debra Condren, a business psychologist and small business coach in New York, advises people like Taubleb to avoid self-blame. “Every time you get rejected you learn something about yourself,” she says. “Look at it more as a learning opportunity.”
- Get into a routine: Developing a routine is another way to stay motivated. For example, making phone calls at the same time everyday has helped him overcome his fear of rejection. “The more people you reach out to, the more people you are going to find who have an interest in your product.”
- Build relationships: Don’t reject prospects after they reject you. “If you’ve been rejected, it doesn’t necessarily mean this person will never be your client,” Condren says. “Keep the conversation going.”She suggests creating a newsletter or writing articles that establish you as an authority in your field and allow you to communicate regularly with potential customers. You will feel better about yourself and develop credibility with prospects. “They are looking to you as an expert source,” she says. “It’s all about relationship building.”
- Talk to other entrepreneurs: It’s easy to feel as if you’re the only small-business owner facing so much rejection. That’s why it’s critical to reach out to other entrepreneurs to know you’re not alone. “The more we get rejected, the more we tend to isolate and go into our hermit holes,” Condren says. “That’s when you need to pick up the phone. When you reach out and talk to other entrepreneurs, it normalizes what you are going through.”
- Acknowledge your accomplishments: Taubleb makes sure to keep track of his daily achievements. Each night before bed, he writes down the top three or four things he did that day in his journal. It helps him sleep better. “I’ve almost never skipped a day,” he says. “That helps me recognize progress.”
He also focuses on the sales he has won and finds that they outweigh the rejections. “You only need a few of them to carry you psychologically for a while,” he says. “It’s your success.”
Success is not easy. It takes blood, sweat, tears and a lot of rejection! The old saying “You get 9 no s before you get your first yes is true!” Fight and persevere past your rejections and before you know it, you will find success at your doorstep.
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Porter, J. (2016, May & june). 6 rules for coping with Rejection. Retrieved February 7, 2017, from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222432