The first word after no is next
Recovering rapidly from disappointment
I once overheard a conversation between two women, one of whom said, it’s taken me a long time to start dreaming again.
Anytime I hear about a person whose dreams are blinked out of being, my eyes start welling up. It just breaks my heart. But it also wakes me up the realities of being a dreamer. Because if we truly want to follow our dreams, we have to reserve a portion of our stamina to recover rapidly from disappointment. We have to develop our ability to right our ship if it drifts off course. To stick the setback under the pillow, wake up the next morning and find the next opportunity.
That’s how we function at a comfortable equilibrium. We never overreact to success or failure. We keep events in perspective, taking everything in stride, good and bad. We believe that we possess the power to decide how anything outside ourselves will affect us. And we attain an inner posture of detachment so we have a sense of self so complete that external influences have zero authority within our consciousness.
I’m reminded of something my mentor once taught me, the first word after no is next.
Whether it’s a no from a customer, a no to a new opportunity or a no from a new relationship, we nod our heads in radical acceptance and simply say, next. There will be more, there will be more.
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