Take FOMO Control

By: Dana Zillgitt, Regular Contributor

FOMO, or the Fear of Missing Out, has been a heavy hitter this week. It’s a disaster if you let it take control. FOMO is a beast in disguise, a heavy weight bee sting with butterfly wings, but this kind of fighter wouldn’t even make Mohammed Ali jealous.

It can be easy to sit at home, not doing anything differently, but what good does that get you? Where does that get you and how much closer to your dreams are you after a day of letting FOMO getting to you? Not much closer if you let it take control.


I’m currently sitting on a plane at 30-something thousand feet, wondering what my teenage self would tell me right now. She’d probably slap me and tell me to start teaching those demons how to dance again. They’re not going anywhere so might as well do something with the skeletons. Give them a top hat, maybe a cane, and put on their dancing shoes so they can start tapping along to the beat again. Get yourself back up off the couch and start realizing your goals again.

Change is terrifying. Change is daunting. But you’ll never get anywhere if you don’t do anything with yourself or your life. You’ll be stuck in a rut momentarily, but if you don’t claw your way out, that moment could last longer than anticipated. SO here’s my challenge. Do one thing every day that scares you (as Eleanor Roosevelt would say). Create some goals. Create some dreams. And start busting your ass to get there. The yellow brick road didn’t build itself, did it? Didn’t think so.

I’ll end with this. FOMO is dazzling and easy. But what’s regret when you’re 85 and you have no stories around the bridge table? Dust off your shoes and start slowly. Start however you want. But start. Get going and I promise you won’t regret it. Sometimes it just takes a brief recharge to realize where you want to be.

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How is FOMO ruling your life? Are you spreading yourself too thin or are you feeling overwhelmed and don't know how to get in the game?

  • Try taking Dana's advice and do at least ONE thing that pulls you out of your comfort zone, gives you a new adventure, or changes your perspective. Take control of FOMO instead of letting it take control of YOU!

About Dana

Photo_on_8-6-11_at_1.47_PM__3.jpgDana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.




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  • commented 2014-09-09 16:49:27 -0700
    I have been a person who really had a FOMO, yet I realized that the world would go on without me and no I e would even know! That’s was the time when I felt lonely and never thought that I’ll be doing what I am now! That was the time when I started blogging, and nkw within almost a year of blogging I feel that I’m someone who people would care about in future as they do now! I believe that the world needs every single one of us so desperately, yet we just need to realize that!!

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