5 Responses When Your Idea Gets Turned Down

Aug 11 2016

In every creative process there’s a good chance that at some point, one (or even more) of your creative ideas are not going to be approved. Although rejection isn’t always easy to deal with, here are five ways to respond when your idea gets turned down:

1. Don’t get discouraged

Don’t be sensitive when an idea gets rejected. Having an idea or proposal turned down does not mean you’re a bad designer or that you have no creative talent. Rejection is a familiar part of every creative process. Learn to not place your identity in what you create and whether it gets approved or not.

2. Trust your leaders

When your boss or oversight rejects an idea, it’s easy to think that they’re wrong and that your decision is better than theirs. But choose to trust them. Your leaders, ultimately, have been appointed by God, so make the decision to trust in their judgment. It’s only in hindsight that you’ll realise that perhaps they were right in rejecting your initial idea and choosing another one.

3. Have multiple options/designs ready

Have alternatives already prepared. That way, if one of your ideas gets rejected, you’ll have other options for your oversight to consider and choose from. If it’s difficult for you to regularly get your designs in front of your boss you don’t want to lose another week and put more urgency on the process.

4. Understand that creating is a journey

Creating something new is always a journey. Rarely is an idea ever accepted straight away – it requires a process to get it to where it needs to be. Having an idea turned down ultimately means that you have received feedback and you now know how to improve it.

5. Collaborate with others

If you can’t figure out a way to make an idea better, work with other people! Working with other creatives allows you to receive input, to borrow thoughts off of each another, and to sharpen one another’s ideas.

Ultimately, rejection is part of the creative process. Don’t be discouraged when it happens. Understand that it’s not an attack on you or your talent, but use it as an opportunity to grow in your craft and develop your ideas even further.



This thought was originally shared during a webinar on Communications hosted by Jay Argaet, Communications Director across Hillsong Church globally, during ‘Online Open Week’ in February 2016. Online Open Week is your opportunity to receive impartation and training direct from the Hillsong team through live webinars.

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