Most of you probably know what FOMO means but if you don’t – it stands for fear of missing out. It’s even in the dictionary – Google it if you don’t believe me.
Let’s be honest – most of us have some degree of FOMO in life.
Is it a good thing or is it a bad thing?
I guess it depends on how you look at it.
FOMO with your work life can be good to a certain point because it can have a positive affect on your career. If you want to be the best – it’s even normal to a certain degree I think.
In my industry – it means entering competitions, going to industry events – all these things can build your brand and your network. As long as you don’t loose the work-life balance – I think it’s okay.
I’ll admit it – I hate to turn any opportunity down when it comes to my shop – so sometimes I say yes to things instinctively. I don’t want to pass on anything that will help us build our business. Plus, I know if I don’t say yes – someone else will.
What about your personal life?
We’ve all done it – I’m sure at some point. You’ve had a long day and are tired but you still go out with a group of friends because you don’t want to miss out on the fun, especially if you have to hear about it the next day.
Once in a while it’s okay – life can’t be all about work. You have to live a little – have fun.
The FOMO Effect
But what happens when it takes over your life? You find yourself doing things not because you want to – but out of fear of missing out.
You see people posting pictures and status updates on Facebook and you start to compare your life based on how others are living theirs. Envy and jealousy can take over. Social media can be a great way to build your brand/career and stay in touch with family/friends but it can also create problems in your life, where they don’t exist.
It seems silly doesn’t it – when you take a moment to think about it?
Take time to stop and think.
What guides your decisions in life fear or freedom?
Life is too short – never let other people control what you do. As long as you are ready to live with the consequences of your choices – live free.
Remember – you only get one life – live it.
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