Fear of rejection

Do you fear rejection? Are you afraid of someone saying no to you? Ask yourself, is that really so bad. There are very successful people in this world to get told no every day. They understand that there is no dishonor in being told that. In fact, most times in order to get one yes answer you must get considerably many times that number of no answers. Rejection is really a misleading word because when someone says no to you, when someone answers you with a no, that is not a rejection of you personally. It is simply an honest answer. It is simply a cue for you to move on to the next order of business. If someone says no to you, so what? That’s their problem. Do everything you can to get a yes answer but don’t rip yourself up when you get a no. And certainly don’t hold yourself back because of the fear that someone will say no to you. Holding yourself back because of fear of rejection really makes no sense, because holding yourself back absolutely guarantees that you will not get a positive answer. A no might be a little bit painful. However, a life full of nothing, brought about by a the fear of rejection or embarrassment, is far, far worse. So, if you’re going to fear something don’t fear their rejection. Fear what would happen if you don’t go out there and get a few rejections.

If the fear of rejection is holding you back, somewhere there is an even greater fear, a more powerful fear, a fear that can push you positively forward. Fear is an incredible motivator. You’ve probably experienced that. Fear can give you razor sharp awareness. Fear can actually increase your physical strength right on the spot. If your fear of rejection or embarrassment or getting a no answer is preventing you from making sales calls, forget about that fear and think about the fear of not making any money this month, of not being able to pay your bills, of being evicted or having your mortgage foreclosed. Hearing a few negative answers from your customers is trivial compared with having to sleep on the street. Use your fear to move you forward. Don’t allow your fear to hold you back. It’s powerful, and you can use it in a positive way.


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