I’m pretty sure I was sobbing before I even made it back to the car. I had just completed the third round of auditions for a prestigious, all expenses paid summer program. This round had narrowed the 600 applicants down to the precious, final 16. It had taken my dad and I three hours to drive to the audition and I was sure that I had bombed. I tried my hardest to keep it in, desperately trying to choke back tears of disppointment. But mostly I was crying because I knew that now came the hard part – waiting for the results. Waiting to hear yes or no. Or even worse, knowing that most likely I would wait and never even hear from them again, like some crush that “ghosts” you after the second date.
So over the next several weeks, I tried to keep myself busy. But I found myself replaying the audition over and over in my head, nit-picking what I would change if I had a second chance. Refreshing my emails every couple of minutes on the off chance that “Congratulations!” would grace an incoming subject line. I spent most of my time trying to brace for the impact of disappointment. Hoping that if I protected my heart, it wouldn’t hurt quite as bad if I received bad news. Anything to shield myself from the pain of possible rejection. Because what does it mean for your dreams if someone else says no?
One of the hardest parts about goal achievement can be waiting for the results after a big audition, submission, or launch. It can feel like pure agony while waiting to hear the verdict, so here are a few tools that will ease the pain of the waiting game.