Yesterday I received a rejection: An interview that I had hoped would come through didn’t. I know I'm trying to get 100 rejections, but it still stung. My natural reaction is to respond immediately and, most likely, emotionally.
Instead, I paused and went on with my day. That night, when the emotion had passed, I wrote a positive, heartfelt response, focusing on creating more opportunities versus harp on the closed one. It paid off. This morning I woke to a response of support and new ideas.
This approach might sound simple and obvious, but I can't emphasize what a profound shift this was for me. As a busy mom, it's so easy to default to reacting immediately.
So, today, don't. Don't respond to that email that annoys you. Don't answer every email as it comes in. Take a moment to pause and see how your approach changes. Micro-moments of intention can make a huge difference.