23-100 Just Ask #2

Today’s Mandala Message: Be Willing to Risk Rejection

This week I’m working through Principles #17 and #18 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Ask! Ask! Ask!” and “Reject Rejection” respectively. I set my intention today to ponder the idea of being willing to risk rejection. Canfield states: “To be successful, you have to take risks, and one of the risks is the willingness to risk rejection.” I’m about 50% there on this idea. For the most part, due to my past experiences, I grasp the concept that rejection just means it wasn’t meant for me and that something better awaits. Now when I am rejected, it usually takes me about 5-30 minutes (depending on the level of rejection) to remind myself that something better is coming.

Back in the mid 80s while perusing my computer science degree at night, I applied for a day job at Hughes Aircraft by going the traditional route. I received a lovely rejection letter. So I took a different approach and asked the HR department what temp agencies they used. I signed up with two of them. Within two weeks of my first temp job, the guy I was working for connected me with the summer engineering internship program and I was accepted. By the end of summer I was officially hired under their Engineering Student program. When I graduated six months later, I immediately became a full-time engineer. Now you tell me…which one is the better story?

So how about you? Do you not ask for what you want for fear of rejection? Is there a way you can let go of the outcome? Is there a way you can forego taking rejection personally?

“I believe
that rejection is a blessing
because it’s the universe’s way
of telling you that
there’s something better out there.”

— Michelle Phan


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An Invitation

I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, weekmonthyear). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.


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