“But I’m afraid of rejection,” my client said to me the other day in response to taking action toward a really huge milestone in her career.
“Who are you afraid of being rejected by?” I asked.
“My peers, colleagues, and those I admire who are working on this project,” she said.
“What about yourself?” I asked. “What happens if you reject yourself by not taking action?”
“Good point,” she said.
It’s interesting how we sometimes put the idea of “rejection” into the hands of others, personalizing what other people think.
If I don’t get the job, I’m not good enough.
If this venture capitalist doesn’t invest, the idea sucks.
If he doesn’t love me, something is wrong with me.
Wrong. If you don’t get the job, it’s the wrong mutual fit. If the venture capitalist doesn’t invest, there’s more out there who will love what you’re doing. And if you love you, nothing is wrong with you.
At the end of the day, the only thing we can do is live our truth, speak that truth, and be that truth. When we live from a place of deep honesty, first with ourselves, we can never be rejected. Those who cease to align and accept the truth of who we are aren’t meant to be in our lives anyway.
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