And this is especially true for us when looking for a job. Not many of us have what it takes to make a champion boxer but in an aggressive, competitive economic environment job-hunters have to be able to "take a punch" emotionally and psychologically.
When we experience a set-back, whether it's just a cancelled appointment which we've spent hours preparing for; or going for 3 interviews to the same company, getting our hopes up and then losing out at the end; or perhaps having sent out 200 CVs without a reply - we need to find the strength, no matter how often it happens, to get up off the canvas and "fight another day". How? Here is one huge tip which will never fail you. Use it and see how much better you'll take that punch:
Fill Up Your Diary!
Avoid having all your hopes ride on one appointment, interview or opportunity. Stay busy meeting lots of people, network with friends, family and others in the community. This way there is never a black-hole ahead of you. Your full diary will be a positive reminder of the fact that there is hope elsewhere when the punch hits. And as long as you are talking to people, believe me, there is always hope. Who might have gone through a similar situation? Enlist their help and ask their advice.
There is a tendency (certainly in me) to want to crawl up and feel really sorry for oneself when a disappointment strikes. Staying busy with positive things is invariably a good remedy. Go for a run, re-organize your desk, set-up some more networking appointments. These are all good ways to bounce-back.
It's the age-old sales principle that should guide us: every "No" brings us closer to a "Yes". Build a pipeline of prospects and when one falls apart another one succeeds. So by staying busy and keeping our diary full we'll be able to take the punch.
Author: Gerard le Roux