What is FOMO? It’s Fear Of Missing Out. Merriam-Webster defines it:
informal: fear of missing out: fear of not being included in something (such as an interesting or enjoyable activity) that others are experiencing
We’re bombarded by FOMO-inducing copy every day (I’m guilty of generating some of it myself).
Limited time only
Last day to sign up
…and so much more. If we gave in to our FOMO all the time, we’d own way too many things, be signed up for way too many e-courses to ever take, and end up overwhelmed.
Psychology Today published a list of “10 Ways to Overcome Fear of Missing Out”. My personal favorite is #2: Practice Discernment. I find this particularly useful when I’m receiving a ton of messages to sign up for the next big thing. When I see a course or workshop I might be interested in, I check social media for others’ opinions. Then I wait, usually a day or two, to make sure I absolutely want to make the investment. In that short time, my FOMO has a chance to dissipate and I can make a decision with a clearer head.
And in those very rare occasions when I’ve actually missed out while I was thinking about it. I found that I soon had other priorities and easily moved on to the next thing.
If you suffer from FOMO, check out the article in Psychology Today. If you’ve got other tips for dealing with FOMO, drop down to the comments and share ‘em.