How To Stop Your Fear of Missing Out in Your Career

Experiencing a little (or a lot of) FOMO in your career lately? You’re not alone.

In today’s busy world, between social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and so much of our focus on celebrities and the social elite–many of which are some of the most successful and wealthiest women and men in the world, it’s often easy to find yourself looking at the grass on the other side of the fence.

But exactly how much of your paying attention to what’s happening to the highest-performing individuals on the planet through picture-perfect platforms like Instagram and Facebook is wreaking havoc on your personal and professional life?

It’s a great question to consider, especially if you’re someone who finds your position on the career ladder a little more lackluster than you’d like it to be.

It’s no secret: the more we focus our attention on others, and on things that are happening outside of ourselves and outside of our lives in general, the less time and energy we can devote to setting ourselves up to achieve our dreams and to experience the happiness and sense of fulfillment that we need to in order to feel successful.

So, exactly how can we nip our FOMO in the bud? Let’s take a look!


4 Ways to Overcome FOMO in Your Career


1. Allow Yourself to Be Present–

Here’s something to consider: while it’s perfectly understandable to feel uneasy or even a little unhappy about where you aren’t in your career, that doesn’t mean that you have to feel unhappy about where you are!

In order to stop FOMO in its tracks, you need to allow yourself to feel okay about where you are at present.

Instead of looking to others that hold higher positions on the career ladder as a source of envy, consider the fact that each and every person higher up than you has different skills, different talents, has come from a different background, and has experienced a different journey to the top as well.

In other words, trust that your unique skills and talents will get you where you want to go, and enjoy the ride (at your own pace!) along the way.


2. Unplug Regularly–

Social media has its pros and cons. On the one hand, you’re able to connect with your friends and family, sharing photos and videos and face-to-face phone calls, with ease, but on the other hand… you run the risk of falling into the rabbit hole each time you log in.

Platforms like Instagram and Facebook are notorious breeding grounds for FOMO, so it should come as no surprise that, if getting rid of FOMO is your aim, a good way to combat it is to give yourself regular time away from social media.

Whether unplugging means that you remove the social media apps from your phone to limit the number of times you’re checking in each day at work, you give yourself just five minutes at lunch during the week to scroll through your feed, you limit your friends list on social media to the real-life people you interact with, or that you delete your social media accounts for good… limiting your presence on social media is crucial to saying goodbye to FOMO and hellooo to JOMO instead.


3. Cultivate Gratitude–

Another great way to rid yourself of FOMO is to look around at your life in its current state.

What are some of the things you’ve experienced in your job that you’re most grateful for right in this very moment? How would you feel if you were suddenly back at square one, right where you started from, in your career? …Not very good, right?

By turning some of the attention that we lend to others (on social media especially) higher up than us on the career ladder back onto ourselves, it becomes easier and easier to cultivate that sense of gratitude that we’re looking for with this tip.

Chances are, there are plenty of things in your career that you can (and should!) feel grateful for, and that you are, in effect, really lucky to have. Pay attention to those things!

The more gratitude you can show for where you already are and for what you already have in life right now, the more you can stop FOMO from dulling your shine.


4. Focus on Your Yes–

As mentioned earlier, everyone’s journey to the top is different. We all have a different mission to fulfill, and we each look to a different star to guide us.

So, what’s guiding you along? And what decisions might you need to make in order to stay the course?

Make more room in your life to focus on your answers to these questions (i.e., your YES), and see what happens!


Have you experienced any FOMO in your career? How did you rise above? Share your experiences with me in the comments below…

And check out Episode 144 of Productivity Paradox this week where we’re kicking off the start of a brand-new season by diving in to all things #JOMO — and more!

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton