You get rejected when you don’t get the promotion you wanted; you don’t get the job you applied for, you don’t get the raise you want so badly, you don’t get a date you requested or get fired.
Rejection is a part of the cycle that makes life what it is.
What should be your default response to rejection?
As rightly put by the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen: “When someone says no, you say ‘Next!'”
To be honest, you must realize that it is a numbers game; there are over 7 billion people on the planet! Someone somewhere is waiting to say yes. All you need to do is move on.
Your idea got turned down, not you. Your manuscript was rejected, not you.
You must believe that nothing is wrong with you. Maybe you need to work better on that proposal application or spend more time on that manuscript or acquire more skills before you ask for a raise.
But I must tell you that it has nothing to do about you.
Did I just hear you say, “Next!”?
That should be your new motto.