Have you ever held yourself back from pursuing dream opportunities or putting yourself out there due to fear of judgement and rejection?
You’re not alone. In fact, fear of judgement and rejection is something that many people struggle with, myself included.
In a recent episode of Corrie Lo Radio, I’m helping you define what fear of judgement and rejection is, as well as multiple different mindset shifts to help overcome it.
My Personal Experience with Overcoming Fear of Judgement
I personally struggled with fear of judgement and rejection for a long time. It kept me in an abusive relationship and working in a career I wasn’t truly invested in for over 15 years.
When I eventually learned that I wasn’t responsible for other people’s reactions to what I do or say, and that I couldn’t control what other people thought or said about me, it finally gave me the confidence I needed to act authentically as myself. I also realized that just because someone may think or say something about me, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.
It took time and a lot of self-compassion and persistence, but I was able to reframe my thoughts and build up my confidence. By doing this, I was able to overcome my fear of judgement and take action towards living my life without the fear of judgement holding me back.
I’m going to dive into some of the specific mindset shifts I had to make in order for this to happen in just a moment. But first, let’s discuss why fear of judgement is crucial to overcome. Especially if your long-term goal is to be an effective leader or entrepreneur.
What is Fear of Judgement?
Fear of judgement and rejection is the fear of being negatively evaluated by others. It can manifest in many ways, such as anxiety in social situations, a constant need for validation from others, and difficulty making decisions on one’s own.
Fear of judgement and rejection can have a significant impact on one’s life, including social anxiety and isolation, a lack of personal and professional growth, and low self-esteem and self-worth.
Common reasons for experiencing fear of judgement and rejection include societal pressure to conform to certain standards, a desire for validation from others, and past experiences of negative judgement or rejection.
Mindset Shifts for Overcoming Fear of Judgement
Overcoming fear of judgment and rejection can be a challenging task that requires a lot of effort and patience. However, there are several strategies that can help in this process, such as making mindset shifts and emphasizing the importance of practice and persistence.
Recognize You are Not Responsible for Other People’s Reactions
One of the most important mindset shifts is recognizing that you are not responsible for other people’s reactions to what you do or say. This means that their opinions and thoughts about you are not a reflection of who you truly are, and you should not let them dictate your actions or decisions.
Recognize You Can’t Control What People Say or Think
Acknowledging that you cannot control what other people think or say about you is also crucial. This can be difficult to accept, but it is important to remember that you cannot please everyone and that people’s opinions are subjective.
Realize Just Because They Say It, It Doesn’t Mean It’s True
Another important mindset shift is realizing that just because someone may think or say something about you, it does not necessarily mean it is true. People’s perspectives are influenced by their own experiences and biases, and their opinions may not align with reality. Understanding this can help you detach yourself from the fear of judgment and rejection and feel more confident in your own skin.
The Importance of Patience and Persistence
Apart from making mindset shifts, it is also important to emphasize the importance of practice and persistence. Overcoming fear of judgment and rejection is not an easy process, and it requires constant effort and self-reflection. It is important to be patient with yourself and to practice self-compassion along the way. By taking small steps towards facing your fears and challenging negative self-talk, you can gradually build up your confidence and overcome your fears.
Overcoming fear of judgment and rejection involves making subtle mindset shifts and emphasizing the importance of practice and persistence. By recognizing that you are not responsible for other people’s reactions, acknowledging that you cannot control what other people think or say, and realizing that just because someone may think or say something about you, it does not necessarily mean it is true, you can start to detach yourself from the fear of judgment and rejection. With practice and persistence, you can gradually build up your confidence and take steps towards living a more fulfilling life.
Overcoming fear of judgement and rejection is not easy, but it is possible. By taking action towards reframing your thoughts and building up your confidence, you can start to live your life without the fear of judgement holding you back.
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