Shyness can be a major problem when meeting new people. If you are a shy person, you have a very important obstacle to overcome when trying to meet potential relationships or to expand your social network in general.

Shy people often feel an acute sense of self-consciousness whenever they try to assert themselves in social situations. It’s almost as if something terrible could happen if a new person that you’ve approached were to be unresponsive or downright rejecting.

If you find yourself wanting to start a conversation but are bothered by this gnawing sense of anxiety, stop for a minute and ask yourself what’s the worst thing that could happen if your good intentioned and friendly overtures were rejected. Chances are you can’t come up with an answer that represents anything worth all that fear, so take that risk.

Believe me it will get much easier each time you do it. Overcoming shyness involves two steps. The first is to realize what you are telling yourself is the worst thing that can happen regarding the potential rejection, and the second is to plunge forward and take a risk. If you succeed, the rewards are obvious. But if you don’t, you will have at the very least proven to yourself that you can handle it. Either way, it will get easier next time, but you will never know unless you try.