How to Overcome the Fear of Being Judged: Finding the Courage to Share your Ideas

Many people have a fear of being judged that prevents them from speaking up when they have something to say. Don’t let that fear prevent you from being able to share your ideas. After all, you never know when someone else is going to benefit from what you have to say.

When it comes to judgement, there are essentially two kinds: external and internal. External judgement is what other people think or say about you. As a business owner, you’re always out there being seen by someone. Whether it’s your team or the public viewing your content online, you’re highly visible.

The problem is when you put too much emphasis on external judgement to the point that it stops you from putting out content, or from expressing your ideas fully. Don’t let the fear of being judged limit your potential.

Internal judgement is your inner monologue. This can often be the biggest stumbling block because it’s quite common to be your own harshest critic. Maybe you don’t share your ideas in a meeting because they aren’t fully formed and people might think less of you. Whatever your specific doubt is, it’s important to reserve your judgement so that you have the chance to share.

If you can take a step back and give yourself some perspective, you can see that these are simply thoughts and no one has actually criticized you yet. By holding off on judgement and allowing yourself to express your thoughts, you will soon become more accustomed to sharing, and the internal critic will become quieter.

Don’t let the fear of being judged stop you from being able to share your ideas. By gaining perspective and overcoming your fear, you’ll be able to add so much more value to those around you.

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