Monday Motivation: Redirected to Something Better

OK — It isn’t Monday, but better late than never and this is quite befitting of my Monday.

While I can’t say I was rejected in any way on Monday, I did have another job interview, which means opening yourself up to the possibility of rejection. The possibility of rejection is a far better risk than not trying at all.

And, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few months since graduation, being rejected points you in a more focused direction. Rejection teaches you about yourself, if you’re willing to learn from the experience. Rejection makes your vision that much more clear.

Sometimes rejection doesn’t feel like it’s pointing you in the direction of something better. Sometimes the moment isn’t one of clarity. Allow yourself to feel the emotions of rejection. But, step back, take it day by day and decide how you’re going to handle rejection.

There’s a Castle quote for everything. Insert here:

“Rejection isn’t failure,” Castle said. “It sure feels like failure,” Alexis, his daughter, responded in a moment of defeat. “Failure is giving up. Everybody gets rejected. It’s how you handle it that determines where you’ll end up,” Castle explained. “My whole life has been about making sure I could get into any college I wanted — What’s it about now?” Alexis asked. “Give it time. You’ll figure it out,” Castle assured her.

Feel the rejection. And, when you finally get what you’ve worked for — everything you’ve ever wanted — you will know what true happiness feels like because you can measure it against rejection.

Remember, while you thought you were being rejected from what you wanted, your direction was becoming more focused, and, in the end, you’ll know what happiness feels like when you achieve your dreams, goals and vision because you’ve felt rejection.

Be happy for what you have right now and learn from your life’s redirection. With time, your new, focused direction will become more clear.

In the end, do you want it badly enough to get over being hurt?


Monday Motivation: Awaken Your Vision

Throughout my on-going job search, I’ve had a lot of time to assess what I want in my life — both personally and professionally — and I’ve learned a lot about myself, to say the least.

We all have a vision inside of us. For some people, it’s quite clear. For other people, the blurriness slowly transforms into shapes and those shapes become a clear picture.

For me, my vision is quite clear.

But. There’s always a but.

But how to turn that vision into reality is where I run into problems — the eternal struggle between your heart and head — love versus logic.

Most recently, my vision has become quite clear — crystal clear. The struggle emerges when I try to achieve that vision while being logical and thoughtful.

The vision has set me on a new path and, thankfully, I’m in the early stages of researching how to make that vision a reality.

So, look inside — what awakens you? Once you’ve identified your vision, don’t deny it. That’s where our hearts and our heads often conflict. You can only try to deny your inner feelings for so long. At some point, you’ll look  back on your life and wonder, “If only.”

Don’t wait for “if only.” Make your vision happen. Create your life.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone!