The fear of rejection is one of our deepest human fears. Biologically wired with a longing to belong, we fear being seen in a critical way. We want to be accepted and it hurts to be rejected. So how can you overcome a hardwired fear of being rejected?
On an episode of the PSI Podcast, Carson Johns shared with callers how to understand rejection and learn to move past it:
Desire to do something about it. You have to see something beyond the fear that is holding you back. Use that desire to pull yourself through the uncomfortable hurt of being rejected.
Know that it is not always going to work out. There will always be rejection in your life. Learn to see past the fleeting hurt and acknowledge that the great things in life often come from these trials.
Don’t let rejection effect your self-esteem. When somebody rejects you, they are acting on their own insecurities and fears. Don’t let other people’s thoughts or feelings be the gauge for your self-esteem.
Change your internal dialogue about rejection. Instead of focusing on the worst-case scenario, think about what you want to happen. Invite confidence rather than self-doubt and focus on the good that can come from the situation.
Be bigger than your fear of rejection. As you become more confident and less afraid of what you are experiencing inside, you will become less intimidated by rejection and more empowered to take risks and live the life you desire.
This episode is now available on iTunes and at PSISeminarsPodcast.com where you’ll also find archives of the past episodes.
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