Have you ever heard about FOMO? You know, fear of missing out on something? It’s a very normal psychological fear that a lot of people will feel throughout their life. Some more in life than others. To connect with you on a personal level, I’ve experienced this feeling hundreds of times. Especially when it comes to investing my money, for example, if people find a ‘too good to be true’ stock.
Well, of course, I want in and I’m like; “take my money, please!“.
So, FOMO is the fear of missing out on something. I’m confident that most people have experienced this, whether it’s investing or not having the latest iPhone.
But what’s FOPO then?
FOPO – Fear of Other People’s Opinion
Alright, so I kind of explained it right there. It’s the abbreviation of fear of other people’s opinions. You might be wondering why this is a thing. To be completely honest, I don’t know if it’s an actual fear like FOMO, but it’s definitely as real.
Even though we don’t use it as often, we all fear what others think about us. Some more than others – exactly like FOMO. It’s not something you chose yourself, it’s a thing that’s in you. It’s not something you can control, but it’s something you can work with.
To connect on a personal level again, I’ve been dealing with this fear forever. For a long time, the most important thing for me was to make sure that everybody liked me. And boy, that was a tough time in my life, which is why I want to write a post about it and share my experience.
Why It’s None of Your Business What Other’s Think of You
Yea, so I’ve been fighting this for the longest time but not anymore. Sure, I’d like other people to like me but it’s not something that I base my life choices on. To be clear, I’m not saying you shouldn’t care. But caring more about you being you and doing what you want to do is much more important.
There’s why it’s none of your business what others think of you.
To be clear, I’m not saying you shouldn’t care. But caring more about you being you and doing what you want to do is much more important.
If you only think about what other people think of you, you accept that you care more about them than yourself. And that’s very wrong and can be very tough on you if you don’t work on improving it. Understanding that is the first step of becoming a better you.
I read somewhere that no matter what you do, you’ll always have someone criticizing you. Even great leaders, creators, artists, and the most peaceful person on Earth will face criticism. No matter what you do, there’s always someone who doesn’t approve of it.
And that’s why it’s none of your business what others think of you. I hope that’s something you can use and take with you. It sounds simple, but it’s not. It takes time to conquer and develop the “skill“, but it’s worth it. Trust me.
I can’t tell you how to “get over it“, because that’s very personal. It’ll change and vary depending on the person. But I hope that it motivates you to look back at your life and thoughts – and do something about it.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will. Stay focused on what makes you happy and it’ll all be alright.
Thanks for reading.