From FOMO to JOMO
I like people. I like projects. I like to be in the mix. And I like to say “yes!” I also get over-extended more often than I’d like.
FOMO has become a buzz word, and it stands for the fear of missing out. I suffer from FOMO. “Wouldn’t that be interesting?” I say when the email arrives. “I should probably add my voice to that conversation,” I think when the invitation comes to me.
The problem is that the fear of missing out transmutes into spinning in too many directions, and what gets drained in my is time, energy, and creativity. If you are subject to the FOMO syndrome, check out JOMO.
JOMO is the joy of missing out. It was while I was spinning that I first heard about JOMO, and the concept brought my spinning to a screeching halt. Give me a shot of JOMO! Please!
Embedded in JOMO is the capacity to say “no”. JOMO, properly considered, is about discerning what is and isn’t my work. It’s about clarifying how I want to spend my energy in this world.
The clarity that comes with JOMO not only reduces non-essential work and misspent energy, it also sharpens a sense for what my work is, and what it means to live as the essential me.
So in the end, JOMO is really about saying “yes!” It’s about saying yes to work and life that are centered in intentionality and integrity. And, the gift of this joy is renewed time, energy, and creativity.
The next time FOMO hits, counter it with a good shot of JOMO!