Rejection in business
Posted on April 15, 2015 by Nikki Lane
Are you hesitant to step out and tell everyone about your business and what you do? Is marketing your business the last thing on your to-do list?
Then put on your practitioner hat for a moment and have a closer look at the situation, is it possible that there is an underlying fear of rejection there.
A fear of rejection in business is something that we as practitioners may work with on a regular basis with our clients… but something that we don’t always look for in ourselves.
In my experience when we really start to look at why we, as practitioners, struggle in business and why some of us stay playing small, the answer that comes up is a deep rooted “fear of rejection”.
So of course this fear, stops us from moving forward, it stops us marketing our businesses, it stops us coming up with ideas to blog about, it stops us from attending networking functions and worst of all it stops us talking with pride about what we do… all the things that help boost clientele in our businesses.
Does this sound familiar?
The reason is because this fear is present in all of us… here’s how it happens:
We put a post on Facebook that represents what we believe in and what we do but someone makes a negative comment. Or we stand at a networking function saying what we do and someone says “wow, that’s really weird”. We feel judged and it’s hard not to take it personally.
So next time we tailor what we say a little so it’s not as “out there” but as soon as we do that, we aren’t being true to ourselves or our profession and the positive energy disappears and the clients don’t come.
Why do we do this?
Because rejection hurts, it feels lonely and dark and it allows your inner critic to have a field day and say “I told you so”, “who are you to say that”, “who are you to be promoting yourself as an expert”.
So we don’t put ourselves out there, we stay small, we stay hidden because that fear of rejection is too big.
What if there were others who knew how you felt, who could support you when the rejection occurs. Who could remind you that for every one rejection there are many others who love what you do.
Who could help you implement strategies to overcome this fear and who could help you to stand tall in your business? Who are there to celebrate your wins with you, who remind you to focus on the positive areas of your business?
This is the kind of support and friendship that exists in Wellness Hubs Australia. We are all in the same boat, we know how each other feels and we are there to support each other when there are tough days and to celebrate with each other when there are great days.
Yes, the initial step out of your comfort zone may be hard, but once you join the group you’ll realise it was a great first step to take.