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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Managing your fear of rejection


A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step
in the pursuit of success. 
Bo Bennett

We all have all had those moments when we just don’t feel particularly comfortable with ourselves. Sometimes, you might feel yourself wondering whether other people actually like you, or not. This is a normal part of being human.

You may feel scared about meeting new people or getting together with your old friends. There are a whole host of reasons why you may have these concerns. Maybe you think you’re having a bad hair day or you are worried about those extra pounds you have put on over the holidays. These seem small when we say them here, but they can dampen your self-confidence. All these things can be part of your fear of rejection.

But if you are finding that the fears about rejection are taking up a lot of your time and thinking, perhaps it is time to consider ways to rid yourself of some of these worries. How?

Replace your fears with some solid strategy:

1. Get specific. What are you afraid of? Figure out what, specifically, you are afraid of. Are you worried that the opposite sex will be turned off by your looks or the clothes you wear? Maybe you think that others believe that you have nothing interesting to say. Are you afraid that you will say something silly and embarrass yourself?

- The point is that you need to know exactly what it is that you fear before you can try to tackle it.

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