Acts of bravery.
Displays of love - large or small.
Sincere smiles from strangers.
Emails from my readers.
Holding a child's hand.
Finishing an essay that I poured my heart into.
What do all of these things have in common? They motivate me. They give me butterflies. They make me want to be strong and make a difference. They remind me what side I'm on and that the force is with me. They make my soul say, "Yes. Life is good. God is everywhere."
Wine and dirty dancing have the same effect on me, but for some reason they didn't feel appropriate for this list. I tried to keep it as innocent as I could, but I have my vices. They're worthy of honorable mention if they help me get my point across, don't you think?
Let me ask you another question. What inspires you? What makes you feel determined and undeniable? Does rejection come to mind? After reading this, maybe it will.
It recently occurred to me that I could take the bite out of rejection by allowing it to inspire me instead of discourage me.
Instead of doubting myself and wondering if I have any right to ask an editor to publish me, or a new client to hire me - why not keep at it until I connect with the right opportunities and the right people to share my vision?
When you put yourself out there, everyone won't like what you do. You can choose to focus on the people who don't get it, or you can focus on those who do. The key is to keep going. Keep creating and connecting.
When a door closes, think on these things:
Commitment. Rejection is part of the game. Accept it and make it work for you.
Fierce determination. Can't stop. Won't stop. Let rejection fuel your fire.
Work ethic. If you think you're good now, keep working and you will only get better.
Vulnerability. Put yourself out there and feel empowered by it. No matter the response.
See your success as an inevitability and rejection as a catalyst to motivate you. I can see the sparkle in your eyes already!
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