No one likes being rejected, but we must learn to overcome the fear of rejection in order to be truly successful as a work at home mom.
Because a great deal of the opportunities you land, as your own boss, depends on you being able to put yourself out there – to step outside your comfort zone and send that scary email or make that dreaded telephone call. There’s no one there to push you to land gigs, gain new clients, or secure ambassadorships – you have to do it on your own!
So, how exactly do you overcome the fear of rejection?
In order to get past the idea of being rejected, you need to look within yourself. Don’t depend on others to tell or show you your self-worth. When you know how great, professional, and worthy you are of the jobs and opportunities you are after, you will have an easier time stepping out of your comfort zone.
Celebrate the Small Achievements
Small success in what you love and want to do with your life can go a long way to rebuild your self-confidence and help you realize that rejection doesn’t define who you are or what you can be. Even if it’s not a big deal to you, it’s okay to get excited when your article goes viral on Facebook, or you reach 1,000 followers on Twitter.
Share the milestones with your friends and colleagues that will understand and celebrate with you! These positive blows to your ego will help you fend off the fear of rejection.
Visualize Yourself Succeeding
Another way you can overcome fear of rejection and get on with your life is to use visualization techniques and your imagination to picture yourself getting through particularly difficult situations.
How would you handle a situation if you were sure of yourself?
For example, if you were asked to speak on a given topic at a conference or event, would you bow out? Would you commit and then work yourself into a frenzy in the days leading up to the session? Or would you feel confident in your abilities, ready to share your abilities with those in attendance, wowing the crowd with your personal experiences and success?
Fear of rejection may impair your ability to be different and break out of the comfort zone you’ve built for yourself. You will go through live living a cookie-cutter existence and never realize your true potential.
You may also base your emotions and your life on how other people feel about you. If someone praises you, your attitude soars upward, but crashes as soon as someone criticizes you or makes a derogatory comment about you.
Your life can become like a rollercoaster with constant ups and downs, thrills or boredom because of taking other peoplesí opinion of you seriously. You can lose your identity and make your life a self-fulfilling prophecy of failure if you keep riding this rejection rollercoaster.
Assess your Life
Take a close look at your life and how you’re living it. Do you tiptoe around possible rejection by never offering a new idea or way of doing things? You won’t be enthused about beginning a new project or working toward your goals if you base your enthusiasm on others’ opinions. Work on your fear of rejection by seeing it for what it is – an unfounded fear that you will overcome when you cease letting it have power over you anymore.
It’s important to overcome the fear of rejection if you are going to find success as a work at home mom. If you want to build a business, you will have to get off that comfortable couch and make connections, create your own opportunities and prove to others that you are worthy!
Even if you are just wanting a WAHM job, you still need to show competence in your resume and any communications you have with a prospective employer.