Are You Living a FOMO or a JOMO life?
I have a question for you.
Are you living a FOMO life or a JOMO life? If you are not familiar with these expressions, I will give an explanation.
FOMO is an acronym for fear of missing out. JOMO is the opposite and stands for JOY of missing out.
I want you to think about a decision you have made because of FOMO.
You might be saying you can’t think of any. Let me refresh your memory.
“For a limited time”
“Special One day sale”
“But wait there’s more”
“If you want “fill in the blank” you need to buy this “fill in the blank”
The Beauty and Weight loss industry has used these advertising tricks to manipulate women for decades, but that’s a whole other podcast.
Before all my entrepreneur friends get mad at me, I know you come from a place of value when you offer products or services. I wanted to make that clear.
But for the marketing execs for companies only trying to increase sales, shame on you.
We as women don’t have to live in a constant state of FOMO. The next few weeks we will be bombarded with electronic gadgets, clothing, jewelry and toy ads trying to get us to buy their thing.
I want to encourage you not to fall for the FOMO trap. If you don’t get that thing for you or someone you love it does not make you any less valuable. On the flip side of you get it, it does not change your worth either.
This time of year there are so many other ways we fall into the FOMO trap instead of living the JOY of missing out.
With all the activities that fall under “Christmas to do list” the most important one can sometimes get pushed aside.
I am not saying these fun activities are wrong, but maybe it’s pointing the emphasis in the wrong direction.
Do you feel less than if you family does not have the matching Jammie’s picture on social media? By the way, this is the first time in 19 years Rick and I have matching pajamas. You might just see us wearing them on Instagram.
Is all your family spread miles apart and you don’t have that “perfect” family photo? It’s okay.
Would your family enjoy a quiet game night at home instead of going to a planned Christmas event? Then do it. Live the JOY of missing out on this “list”.
If you are done that does experience all of these things on the list, make sure you don’t get your confidence from that. If something happens and it all changes you will experience huge disappointment.
Let’s talk about the other part of FOMO and manipulation.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with believing in what you have to offer, whether it is a product or service that is going to help others. Make sure it’s not being offered selfishly. Will both parties benefit from why you are advertising?
Here is a great reminder in Philippians 2:3-4
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”
Don’t use FOMO as a way to make others think your life is better than theirs just because it looks different.
Let’s live the JOY of missing out no matter what because the truth is fear is a liar and we aren’t missing anything.