“Am I Doing Enough?” The Cure For FOMO


I have a confession to make. Sometimes I feel guilty because I’m not doing enough to promote and grow my business. I’ll get an e-mail from someone or be redirected to a totally slick and cool landing page and think, “I need to work more hours and do everything everyone else is doing. And I need to do it YESTERDAY!!” It’s truly a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. I’m not kidding. It’s a physical response.


Generally, I have my moment and then I get back to what I know is true, and that’s that I have a sound marketing plan which has been well thought out. I came up with it by working with amazing (and expensive) mentors and using proven systems. I am vigilant about daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly planning and I’ve never once said I was going to do something I haven’t put action behind and completed.


And yet, every day, when I notice how many fans someone has on their Facebook page or I look at the number of followers I have on Twitter, or I see an incredibly cool plug-in someone else is using on their website, I have to manage my negative thoughts. I’m sharing this because, I’d lay money, you have the same issues with your business.


There’s even a name for it: Fear Of Missing Out (or FOMO). That feeling that you have to know it all and do it all in order to be successful or you’ll be left in the dust of your successful competitors who must be doing more than you are, or who’ve obviously hired the right mentors or found the magical formula for success that you have yet to discover.


You notice an email from one of your competitors or someone in your industry that’s super successful and you wonder what’s wrong with you. I’m here to tell you, NOTHING IS WRONG WITH YOU! As long as you have a plan and you’re working it, you’re doing exactly as much as you can and have planned to, nothing is wrong with you.


Now, like the quote says, you have to be sure you’re doing all you can do, that you have all the tools you need to succeed and you’re working your plan, based on what you’ve decided is realistic for you in your life. There will always be more you could do, but at what price? I know for myself, I could work 20 more hours each week and still not “keep up” with everyone else. And if I did that, the balance in my life would be way out of whack.


I just wanted to get that off my chest and to share that you’re not alone. We all have our moments. And as long as what we’re doing is moving us forward and impacting others in a positive way, we are succeeding.


Just maybe not as fast as that person we’re chasing. Dammit.


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Julie Anne Jones is a sought after keynote speaker, online trainer, and corporate business consultant. She’s an accredited life and business coach with over fifteen years of experience speaking on stages across the United States and Canada. Known as “the systems specialist,” Julie Anne can break down any concept into simple, step-by-step, action-oriented training. She is known for her authentic and easy-to-use scripting and specializes in specific language and communication tools for business success.

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