What scares you?
The answers that commonly come to mind when I ask this question are trivial: spiders, the dark, heights.
But today I’m talking about an even scarier fear that everyone shares: the fear of rejection.
Whether you realize it or not, this fear lurks deep in your mind and began taking shape in your childhood.
As a child, when you did what pleased your parents, teachers, or authority figures, they gave you love and approval.
When you did something they didn’t like, they withdrew their love and approval, which you interpreted as rejection.
Over the years, this fear continued to brew inside you, causing you to avoid risks and reject opportunities presented to you to ironically protect yourself from rejection itself.
As a result, you now have an “I can’t” attitude and become paralyzed when it’s time to take action.
The only way out is to stop disguising fear with denial or “playing it safe” — and confront it head-on.
When you force yourself to face your fear of rejection, your self-esteem goes up, your self-respect increases and your sense of personal pride grows.