The Fear of Missing Out is Distracting You from What Really Matters
Do you have FOMO, AKA fear of missing out? It’s a real thing and it’s suffocating your authentic voice and training you to believe that you are not enough.
FOMO, or the fear of missing out, is a massive problem in our information-obsessed society. We are drowning in information and suffocating own our intuition and creativity by putting more value on what others say than what we feel and believe.
“Fear of missing out” shows up in places like email, where you want to constantly check your inbox to make sure you’re not missing anything or hoarding newsletters and information content pieces because you might need them later. Another way FOMO manifests is in hyper-checking Facebook to make sure you’re not missing anything. Or perhaps when you attend a conference you save the stacks of information because maybe someday you’re going to need that information.
This is FOMO, fear of missing out. It chokes out important things and it chokes you. It suffocates us when we’re constantly hoarding information because we’re afraid we’re going to miss out on that great little piece of content or that great phrase or whatever it is.
So, I want to share with you the one phrase that will eliminate that. Are you ready? The phrase is:
What is meant for you cannot pass you. Tweet that!
I’m going to say that again. What is meant for you cannot pass you. If something is for you, if there’s a piece of content or an idea or something like that, it cannot pass you. Life is going to bring it back time and time and time again until you go, “Oh, okay. I’m ready for it.”
The Merry-Go-Round of Information & Ideas
I equate this idea of information returning to you to the concept of a merry-go-round. That idea, that piece of content, that information, is like a merry-go-round. It’s going to come back around time and time again. So, when you delete that email, you can be sure that the same content, said in a different way, is going to be showing up in your inbox soon.
How does it feel to always be checking email, Facebook, blogs, etc. so you don’t miss out on anything?
How does it feel to hoard information or keep thousands of emails in your inbox because you might need that one bit of information someday?
Again, the phrase I want you to remember, and to trust in, is that what is meant for you cannot pass you. Gently let go of your fear of missing out, of hoarding content and ideas and notice as inner peace begins to replace fear and your brilliance begins to bloom into your deepest potential.
Storing Valuable Information vs. Collecting Unimportant Content
You might be thinking, “But I need to keep certain emails/content!” and you’d be right. If you’re sending information to people and you need to keep those for records, that’s one thing. But keeping newsletters and content or bookmarking 50 websites because you want to make sure you don’t miss out on what’s new, all of that is FOMO. That information will always be there for you and, again, what is meant for you cannot pass you. That information, that content, that idea will keep coming back time and time again. You won’t miss a thing. So stop worrying and let the unimportant stuff go!