Why The Fear Of Missing Out Is Killing Your Business
The fear of missing out.
I can almost guarantee that as soon as you read these words something inside of you resonated and you could recall an emotion, occasion or opportunity associated with it. For me, I recall a serious case of FOMO that happened before it even became a fancy hashtag we use alongside our ‘Insta-sleek’ photos.
And if we’re really honest with ourselves, we all struggle with it.
What the fear of missing out tries to tell us is that wherever we are, whatever we’re doing or whomever we are surrounded by is not good enough. Which then leads us to compare our circumstances with others. Putting us in this ugly dance between FOMO and comparison. Like a T-rex trying to waltz with an elephant… It’s not pretty.
FOMO keeps us caught up in running the rat race of comparison:
“She just launched this, so I must come up with a new product or service to stay up to date.”
“Her opt-ins are so much more attractive, maybe I should change mine?”
“Why is she getting so many speaking opportunities? I work just as hard, if not harder.”
“My website is nothing like hers! Maybe if I adapt mine like hers I’ll attract more customers?”
This is crazy talk!
I’m a life coach and I’m comparing my opt-in with a graphic designer!?
We’re so obsessed with maintaining our status that we no longer possess the promise that God has given to us for our own lives. When we allow ourselves to become distracted by others and start to focus in on and compare our business to others, we automatically take our eyes off Jesus - and we simply cannot focus on two things at the same time.
“And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” [Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT]
Yes, we are running a race and there is a winner, but He has already won. Jesus is our prize and our champion and it’s our job, as his disciples, to keep our eyes fixed on Him in every single part of our lives. He is the author and perfecter of our faith and He is also the author and perfecter of our business.
It’s time that we trust God to be God and surrender our hearts and businesses fully to Him. For as long as we choose to stay focused on what everyone else is doing, our vision will continue to be clouded and the fruit of our work will fleeting.
Run your race. Keep your eyes fixed on Him. Trust His leadership over your life.
Here are 3 way you can start to eliminate comparison and FOMO from your business:
1. Unfollow any accounts through social media that cause you to get stuck or question the value of your work. Yes, researching other companies can be helpful at certain points in your business, but I trust you know where to draw the line.
2. Find/select a very small group of people who are doing similar things as you, and start a mini mastermind or support group. Recently, I connected with a couple of women from across the globe. We are able to talk openly and honestly about our struggles, as well as share what is working well in our businesses. We’re able to really encourage one another. There is no competition, we are cheering each other onward and upward and it feels SO good!
3. Spend time in the Word and pray. This will honestly change your business and your life. The more you begin to think as God thinks and see situations through His eyes, I promise you that your business will progress leaps and bounds beyond your wildest dreams. Let the Lord lead you. Don’t be afraid to ask Him what He thinks or how you should tackle a particular situation. As Bill Johnson says, if it matters to you, it matters to Him.
Comment below and let us know - does FOMO try to derail you? Are you excited to begin implementing these 3 ideas? Or do you have any other ideas to keep FOMO far away?!