Don’t Let Fear of Rejection Hold You Back

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“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 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 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 own self-esteem by leaps and bounds.

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 Learn more on 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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It’s Often a Matter of Perception… When it Comes to Career Advancement

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“If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true were really true, there would be little hope of advance.”

~ Orville Wright ~

Success in your career is dependent on a variety of factors. It’s not simply a matter of garnering expert knowledge, working hard, and building your experience. There are other more qualitative factors at play that can be the difference between career advancement and career stagnation. One of these critical factors is perception.

In my interview for a USA Today article by Anita Bruzzese, author of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy… and How to Avoid Them, I discuss the importance of perception and how promoting yourself is key to getting promoted. Read my interview in Bruzzese’s article, Perceptions of Your Work May Linger Longer than Actions.

As you read this article, you’ll learn not only why it’s important how others perceive you in the workplace, but also how to improve that perception. I discuss the difference between sharing your contributions to your company and being an arrogant blowhard. Although people often worry that talking about their efforts will come across as bragging, when done correctly, you’ll enhance the perception your boss has of you while helping your company in the process.

As an excecutive coach, my clients have expressed four common life experiences that negatively affect their ability to promote themselves in the workplace. Bruzzese’s article states the following four: your cultural upbringing, the region where you were raised, your gender, and the company you keep. These facets can all affect how you are perceived and your proficiency at changing those perceptions for the better. With my suggestions, you can overcome these challenges and begin to promote yourself to get promoted, since it is often a matter of perception.

Read my new book, Getting Ahead, for practical advice to help you improve your perceptions, increase your visibility, and exert influence to work your way up the career ladder more quickly than you could have imagined.

3 Essential Steps to Successful Self-Marketing

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“It’s not bragging if you can back it up.”
~ Muhammad Ali ~

Do you consider yourself to be a hard-working employee? Do you possess the right talent, skills and know-how for the job? If you answered yes to these questions and are still left wondering why you haven’t been presented with the best opportunities at work, well there’s one critical element you’re missing: self-promotion.  If you think working hard is enough to get ahead, you’re mistaken. In today’s fast-paced cutthroat work environment, the best opportunities don’t go to the most diligent and hard-working employees, they go to those who do a really good job of marketing themselves.

If you understand this, you’ll realize why at certain times in your career you may have felt that someone less talented with inferior performance got promoted instead of you. Yes, you need to have the proper technical skills and qualifications for the job, but those who have a knack for successfully marketing themselves and building their own reputations will most likely race ahead of those who shy away from self-promotion.

Successful self-marketing takes courage. If you’ve got what it takes and are ready to get ahead in your organization, you’ll need to learn the 3 essential steps of self-marketing success:

If you regularly implement these three steps for effective self-promotion at work, you’re sure to get ahead of your co-workers in the race to the finish line.

Read my book, Getting Ahead, to find out exactly what you need to do to stand out and get ahead at work.