The fear of rejection is a probably one the biggest reasons why many people don’t go after their dreams. Haven’t we all been there? I’d rather not apply for the job that I would love because I’m probably not qualified. I won’t turn in the application for my dream graduate school because my undergraduate grades were too low. That scholarship screaming my name is probably going to be given to someone else so I shouldn’t waste my time. Or, the program that is a dream come true has way too many overqualified applicants and they would never choose me. The self-defeatist attitude continues to develop and time and time again, we are no longer taking the risks we need to take to succeed.
Risks are scary. Rejection is definitely hard to take. But it is so important to remember that we never know what will come from rejection. From my own experiences, rejections have always (yes, always!) led me to the right path and helped me become a better person. That initial “no” turned into “yes” when I was ready for it. That call I never got back allowed me to put my energy into a hobby or volunteer experiences that I would never trade. The boy who stopped texting me and left me disappointed opened up the door for me to meet the most wonderful man that I hardly ever stop raving about. So many opportunities arise from rejection. And if we don’t even take the first step of trying, well, it’s a self-fulfilling prophesy isn’t it?
God only has three answers to our prayers:
2. Not now.
3. I have something better in mind.