Coaching Life Quotes on Rejection

Being rejected is a sales situation that can happen all too frequently. It happens in every day life as well. People who are unable to deal with rejection can easily find themselves consuming anti-depressant cocktails or seeking the advice or council of their nearest psychiatrist. Today, concepts such of Zen business make us better salespeople or managers at our daily jobs. Finding a way to get to the core of the issue without going off the deep end gives us the opportunity to look at situations from different angles. No one likes to be rejected, but it happens.

If it happens, relax and find a moment of quiet time to gather your thoughts. Search for a momentary distraction that will allow you to focus your thoughts elsewhere as well as channel your frustration or anger. When you are selling, other opportunities are at every turn. If you take the frustration with you, it will come through on your next call or in your next presentation. Let it go.

Success breeds success. Think about past successful experiences or situations where you excelled. You will know what you did right and you will use it again. Rejection should not affect your confidence.

Use your influence to bring back the power the rejection zapped from you. Coping is not an option, influence is the only alternative. When you influence, you exhibit leadership qualities that keep rejection at bay. Constantly reposition yourself to be in a winning position and not one of simply coping.

Always take the high road, even when rejection hits you squarely. In this way, rejection will be short-lived and you will not be focusing on lost opportunities but future successes.

Try to understand the rejection. If you know why your customer said no, then you will know the area that needs to be improved on your part. Other people see us differently than we see ourselves. Take a few notes on yourself and you may find there is a better alternative than the road taken before.


“I discovered that rejections are not altogether a bad thing. They teach a writer to rely on his own judgment and to say in his heart of hearts, "To hell with you.""- Saul Bellow

“There are countless ways of attaining greatness, but any road to reaching one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity."- Buck Rogers

“Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves."- Charlie Chaplin

“I really wish I was less of a thinking man and more of a fool not afraid of rejection." - Billy Joel

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