Fear of Being Rejected

Do you ever want to speak up but decide not to?

The fear of being rejected (by a client, boss, or co-worker) has a strong hold over leaders. Many are afraid to openly share their thoughts out of fear that others might disapprove.

Our aversion to unpleasant experiences prompts behaviors that don’t serve us well:

  • We hold back and don’t contribute as much as we want to.
  • We lack the courage to raise a different point of view, potentially diminishing results.
  • We identify with someone else’s comments, criticism and/or praise, because it’s easier.
  • We withdraw from situations before others have a chance to disregard our opinions.

And what’s worse? You think something is wrong with you for feeling this way in the first place.

The possibility of being rejected influences behavior.

Constantly seeking reassurance from other people is emotionally exhausting.

Want help putting fear and doubt into its place?

Tune into this week’s episode of the Getting Results Podcast. This is the third in a five part series on overcoming fear. In this episode, I specifically address the Fear of Being Rejected and what to do when this imaginary talk track attempts to hold you back. 

If you missed any of the previous two episodes, you can catch up on them: