FEAR OF MISSING OUT – FOMO – DO YOU HAVE IT? AND HOW TO GET RID OF IT!
Fear of missing out or FoMO is “a pervasive apprehension that others might be having rewarding experiences from which one is absent”. This social angst is characterized by “a desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing”
FoMO is also defined as a fear of regret,which may lead to a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity for social interaction, a novel experience, profitable investment or other satisfying event.
In other words, FoMO perpetuates the fear of having made the wrong decision on how to spend time, as “you can imagine how things could be different”
HOW TO GET RID OF FEAR OF MISSING OUT?
There are certain things you can do when you experience the FOMO:
1. Be aware of it
First thing is to be aware of the feeling. Stop for a moment and acknowledge when you are having a feeling of FOMO.
Understand that this is a natural (although undesirable) way of reacting in a certain situation (in other words, when you feel that you are missing out something important and you feel you have to say “yes”).
2. Be honest to yourself and others
Honesty is one of the best ways to deal with the situation.
First, you have to be honest to yourself: If you say “yes”, you have to understand that you may be spreading yourself too thin.
Second, it is also important to be honest to others too. They have to be aware that you may not be 100% committed to their requests, if you have plenty of action going on at the same time.
3. Make a quick decision regarding the situation
One of the worst things to do to be on the fence on a decision. As long as something is left undecided, it is using your brain capacity for nothing.
That’s why it is imperative to say “no” to an opportunity as quickly as possible, if you feel you are unable to commit to it 100%.
When you say “no”, you may even your decision at first. On the other hand, if you are meant to experience the opportunity at all, it will come available to you at some point later.
4. Change the perspective
Lastly, one step in defeating the FOMO is to see if a situation or event supports your goals.
For example, I used to buy lots of internet marketing training programs in the past. However, once I started to see things from my goals perspective (what I wanted to achieve and if the program supported that goal), I was able to eliminate distraction and fears of missing out on something seemingly important.