Don’t Let Fear of Rejection Hold You Back

“The ultimate measure of man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Is fear of rejection holding you back? At times you know there’s a certain task or project that you’d be great at, but you don’t step up to the plate because you fear rejection. What will others think of me if I fail? you wonder. You hold back instead of facing and overcoming your fear of rejection.

Reluctance to take on responsibility that is outside your comfort zone due to fear of rejection is a common issue experienced by many of my clients. The security of what you’ve been doing day in and day out can be reassuring, but to find purpose and realize your true potential, you have to step out of your comfort zone and take a risk.

The rewards of taking a risk.

The fear of failure and rejection when taking on a new task can be daunting, but with the right knowledge, you can overcome that fear and move on to do great things. There’s nothing like succeeding at a tough project that no one else wanted to accept. You not only look like a star in front of your peers, but you gain more visibility and get noticed by your superiors, and most importantly, it raises your self-esteem by leaps and bounds.

How fear of rejection affects self-promotion.

The fear of rejection is often at the root of the fear of self-promotion. Since self-promotion is one of the keys to a successful career, you absolutely must overcome the fear of rejection—or learn to act in spite of your fear—in order to attain your full career potential. Read my guest post on the Leader Lab to find out more about how fear of self-promotion can kill your career.

If you are ready to start overcoming your fear of rejection and learn the steps you need to reach your full potential in your career, sign up for Joel’s Executive Coaching Program for customized service tailored to help you achieve your career goals.

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  • Joel, you’ve hit a chord with me with your statement that fear of rejection is often at the root of fear of the fear of self promotion. I struggle every time I have to write a bio about myself because I tend to over- balance humility with my accomplishments as I feel if really highlight myself, someone may think I’m phony.

    The good news is that I’ve asked someone else to write my bio for me. I just couldn’t get beyond the fear. At least now I know what to call it. Thanks.

    • Hi Mary Jo,
      Thanks for the honesty and thoughtful response. I often times don’t speak up in meetings because I fear rejection. I have to really engage and motivate myself to speak up. When I get myself out of my head and into my body it helps a lot.