You had to be there!
We've all experienced the tug of missing out and the feeling that perhaps we should have gone left when we decided to go right. Often this is a result of the opinions of others and not our own. When we allow ourselves to be influenced by those around us we stray from the path we were meant to be on.
How Can You Avoid FOMO?
This can be tough and sometimes our friends are actually trying to make us feel bad for missing what they consider to be an important event. Remember it’s about what you feel is important and sticking with that. Your needs are unique to you and your friends don’t need to understand that. It would be great if they respected your needs—the subject of disrespectful friends likely needs an entire blog post of its own.
Did You Have to be There?
Give yourself a moment or two of pause to think about that for a minute. Was this your last chance to see someone? Are they on their deathbed taking their last breaths or is this simply an annual event that would be okay to miss? Think about what you want from life and where you want to be. It’s a personal choice and when you get really in tune with your own wants and needs you’ll be less susceptible to the pull of the FOMO!
Making Sacrifices is Part of Life
No matter how you slice it there will be times when you make the choice to support your friends and family above your own momentary desires. The key is that this should be momentary. You want to make the choice that is right for you. If you’re deciding between getting married and building a family or travelling the world, see if there’s a way you can do both. If you can’t, see if you’re marrying the right person and whether you’ve spent enough time getting to know yourself enough to be making large life altering decisions.
Commit to Your Decisions
Being all in on every decision makes it impossible for anyone to make you feel like you should be doing something else, because you know you’re exactly where you are supposed to be and doing what you should be with your time. Make sure you don’t leave any room for doubt and if you can’t get rid of your doubt, keep reminding yourself that you already made a decision and stick to it.
Stick to Your Decisions
Waffling is the worst. It makes you super unattractive and your friends will get pretty tired of hearing you ruminate on which direction you should go. Oh no, what should you do… really that’s all up to you. It’s your decision. Your life path is your call. The good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly is generally up to you. We highly recommend owning it and jumping out of bed every morning to do the exact thing your heart wants to do.
Chase those big dreams and let someone else deal with the FOMO!