Did you ever think that hearing the word “no” can be the quickest way for you to hear the word “yes”? Receiving rejection can be one of the best learning experiences one can have. It can benefit a person’s business or personal life in a variety of ways. With rejection comes the opportunity to gain a new perspective and overcome fear, and with that comes immense growth.
Most people avoid the word “no” like the plague. Running from it, hoping not to hear it, and once having heard it — they don’t know how to handle it. Accepting that “no” can be a growing experience can be a great relief! In an article written by these two incredible authors titled, Removing Rejection to Accelerate Success, Richard and Andrea state, “rejection should be seen as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.” How true this statement is!
No one likes to hear the word “no” because it suggests disapproval and failure in the eyes of most. It’s time to take a different look at this strongly feared word, fight through the imaginary wall that keeps us from experiencing success, and instead project the positive from the situation. Believe it or not there is a great amount of positive in the word “no”, and we encourage you to find that. Seek out a new approach in your business or personal endeavors and hear that end result of “yes”.
Five Ways Rejection Can Bring You Closer to Success
- Understand Why: Is this person having a bad day? Do they fear they won’t be good at it? Sometimes it is okay to ask a person why they said “no”. This will help you understand how to do things differently in the future. In addition, the “no” may turn out to be a temporary thing, or something that you can work through with them, and eventually that “no” might turn into a “yes”. Most importantly though, don’t take the “no” personally.
- The No Challenge: Instead of looking at “no” as rejection or failure, consider it a challenge. Challenge yourself to get two “yeses” for every “no” you get. And next time, you’ll do it better. The time after that you’ll do it better than the time before, and so on. Use it as a motivator to learn different techniques and approaches to your business.
- Rejection is Protection: If the person you approach does not want to be part of your team, it is probably better they are not part of your team. That next person that does say “yes” — that is worth the many “nos” that precede it. That person will be a great asset to your team.
- Keep Your Pipeline Full: If you continuously add to your names list it will be easier to overcome a “no” because you will have plenty of names to fall back on. Always make sure you keep your list current and full — this will also aide in growing your business in general whether you have a lot of “nos” or not!
- Keep an Open Mind: Always keep an eye out for new opportunities and prospects. A closed door from a “no” just may be the perfect segue into the one door that leads to the “yes” that will make all the difference in your team’s success. An open mind that welcomes challenge and change is a success story waiting to happen.
The one thing to keep in mind is that you are not defined by the number of “nos” you receive. You are however defined by your strength and perseverance to carry on after you hear those “nos”. As long as you do that you will make your way to success.