Fear is a strong emotion, isn’t it? Its purpose is to protect you from harm. Fear stimulates a ‘flight or fight’ response, which can be difficult to control. From a business perspective, fear can set invisible parameters to your success.
In business, fear of rejection can stop you from asking for help, requesting a meeting, asking for the order or even chasing payment. I have asked thousands of seminar delegates how they feel about rejection. For some business owners, the fear of rejection is so strong that they have simply stopped asking. They rationalise this behaviour by saying that they “don’t want to expand their business”, or that they are “quite happy with things as they are.” The challenge is that a business is either growing or slipping backwards.
Here is a mantra for you. More customers = more cash = more choices (which may include taking a well earned holiday, supporting a family member or donating to charity).
“Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success.” ~ Denis Waitley
“Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” ~ Matt Biondi
In order to prosper, you need to accept that failure and success are intertwined. Don’t think ‘failure’ think ‘feedback’. For example, if an e-shot doesn’t generate the response you expected, examine the list (out of date?), the email Subject line (too salesy?), and the use of the AIDCA copywriting model. If you need to get in front of decision makers, is fear of rejection on the phone holding you back? (What is the worst thing that can happen on the phone, anyway?)
I think that you should make more attempts, keep shouting into the darkness, never give up, find another way around and keep on marketing!