I like this idea of dealing with rejection by practicing rejection.
For we get better at what is practiced.
This reminds me of the advice that Tim Ferris gives on this. He recommends as an exercise asking for a 10% discount on the next coffee you buy.
It doesn’t matter what the answer is. The point is the same as Grahl describes here:
The point of practicing rejection is to become comfortable, with being uncomfortable.
Or, at least, becoming more at ease in the face of rejection and awkwardness.
And this works.
I mean, at this point I have literally zero response to a blog post that bombs.
(Psst: Most of them bomb, if you want to know the truth.)
And let me tell you, it’s a lot easier as a writer to work through the criticism of a five-hundred-word article than it is on a book that took you two years to write. By releasing my work in small batches to a very small audience, I was inoculating myself against the criticism that would come when I released bigger, bolder projects. If you practice getting rejected, the pain you experience with each subsequent rejection lessens.
-Tim Grahl, Running Down A Dream