23-102 Just Ask #4

Today’s Mandala Message: Rejection is a Myth

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 that rejection is a myth. Canfield states: “To get over rejection, you have to realize that rejection is really a myth. It doesn’t really exist. It is simply a concept that you hold in your head.” One of the examples he gives is if you were to apply to Harvard and you don’t get in…you already weren’t in Harvard so being “rejected” just means that things are the same as before…and you already know how to handle that.

The best example I have for this is when I ran for the office of County Commissioner three decades ago and lost. The voters rejected me. I was devastated. And since I already was NOT the County Commissioner, once allowed myself time to grieve, my life went back to what it already was. …However, because of my campaign more people knew about me including the head of the IT department for the county. Long story short, the county hired me to develop their web site. The job paid way more than a County Commissioner’s salary AND I didn’t have to deal with the politics. The “rejection” turned into a major win for me _and_ the county.

Canfield further adds, “…you never have anything to lose by asking, and because there is something to possibly gain, by all means ask.”

So how about you? How do you handle rejection? What do you think about Canfield’s explanation of rejection being a myth? Does it make it easier to ask for what you want?

“When you’re following
your inner voice,
doors tend to
open for you,
even if
they mostly slam
at first.”

— Kelly Cutrone


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