The Most Common Fear …
This week, we’ve been talking about the most common fears that freelancers experience.
Today, we’re going to talk about the fear of rejection.
Even experienced professional writers say they still fear rejection.
Although it might not ever go away completely, we can take steps to dramatically reduce the fear.
Overcoming the fear of rejection has to do with your mindset. Here are three things to think about to change it:
1. What’s the worst that can happen?
Usually, we’re afraid because we build situations up to bigger than they are. When you start feeling afraid, take a deep breath and ask, “What’s the worst that can happen?”
If you call a potential client, what’s the worst that can happen? They might say they’re not hiring freelancers right now. You thank them and ask when you can follow up. Not that bad.
If you send a proposal, what’s the worst that could happen? You might not hear back, or they might say no. Either way, keep working your other leads and something will pan out.
2. They aren’t rejecting you.
We can also be afraid of rejection because we feel like they are rejecting us personally.
Just because a client doesn’t need a freelancer right now doesn’t make you a bad person. It’s just business. And remember, there are plenty of clients who do need freelancers right now, so keep going.
3. More rejection = more projects.
It might sound a bit odd to say, “The more times you get rejected, the more projects you’ll get.” But think about this: if you’re afraid to reach out to a client, you’ll never get a project in the first place.
We all have to hear a certain amount of “no” before we get a “yes.” Your number might be five, 10, or 20. But the next five, 10, or 20 people might say, “Yes!”
Be sure to read my final message tomorrow as we’ll be examining deep, underlying fears that are the root of many of the fears we’ve discussed this week.
So what about you? Why are you afraid of rejection? Or do you have any tips for overcoming the fear of rejection? Share in the comments here.
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