Afraid Of Rejection
Being afraid of rejection is a huge obstacle for people to overcome. However, if you are building a business, your success relies on getting leads. In order to get leads, you have to expose as many people as possible to your business. You can’t be concerned with what people think of you.
More Exposure, More Success
The more people you talk to, the more exposure you get. So you have to decide how important it is to build your business. Talking to family and friends can be more difficult for some than talking to strangers. If you talk to people you know, it in some ways holds you accountable and you may feel embarrassed if you are not successful. You cannot have success without having some failure along the way. You need to take that into account and be willing to make changes and continue to move forward. You are not a failure unless you give up.
There are many excuses why we don’t do things. I actually thought that if I talked to everyone, I would run out of people to talk to. Silly, I know. But that was how I rationalized not doing what I didn’t want to do because I was afraid of rejection. If you don’t ask, you won't know the answer and you can't move on. So just get it over with.
Visualization Can Help
Public speaking and runners have the same thing in common. You can visualize a scenario in your mind that can help you with a difficult situation. People have a hard time speaking in public. An amusing way of helping with the stress is to picture the audience naked. Runners can picture themselves running the race and winning. This concept can also help with talking to people. You can picture the entire conversation and the reaction you will have to it. Obviously you won’t be able to cover all the scenerio’s that may happen but it’s a good way to realize that someone saying no is not the end of the world.
It’s Your Choice
Putting off something you feel is unpleasant can be one of the worst things you can do. Talking to people is not as bad as you think. But if you continue to put it off because you are afraid of rejection, the stress can make it even harder to do. Just make the decision to do it and follow through.Once you do, it will make it much easier to do the next time.
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