At HC, we continually hear our students cite the fear of rejection as their number one obstacle in articulating what they want, whether it's making a career change, asking for more flexibility or approaching a new client or colleague.
Let's face it; we won't always get what we want. A rejection isn't always a reflection of our character; often it's a clue to help us get closer to what we want to do more of.
For example, when we expect people won't always like us, we can release our fears of likability and get on with connecting with people who are more our flavour. When people say 'no', it's not always a personal rejection. 'No' can simply mean 'not yet'; it might be an invitation to go back to the drawing board.
Identifying what you want, putting yourself out there and getting comfortable with rejection is a superpower. When we ask for what we want, we allow ourselves to be open and get closer to opportunities that light us up.