Here is a great idea that I want to suggest you experiment with in 2018. I want you to collect 100 rejections! It’s counter-intuitive but brilliant! The thing is that if you work that hard to get so many rejections, you’re sure to get a few acceptances, too! It’s almost that aiming for rejection is a far more attainable goal. You are essentially re-framing rejection as an achievement for putting yourself out there, rather than a penalty and therefore you may have an easier time mustering the courage to aim for highly competitive targets. You may even find a weird sense of satisfaction in adding another rejection to your tally for the year! Successful people put themselves out there a lot (outside their comfort zone) which generally means their ideas also get shot down constantly.
My own job hunting experience tallies with this. I remember having a list of Xs on a chart for each job rejection and strangely felt proud of my rejections! To me it was evidence that I was working hard. The rejections eventually led to a yes and a new direction in my life.
This year I will be seeking 100 rejections and will be applying and asking for support and funding etc. Things I would never have had the courage to ask for without this challenge of seeking out rejection. How about you – are you going to join me and take up the 100 rejection challenge for 2018?
“If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate”.
Thomas J. Watson