Fear of missing out (FOMO) isn't just a symptom of living in an era when everyone we know exists online, creating the impression that all of our friends are hanging out without us. It's also something that can negatively affect our mental health, especially at a time when we have all just spent a year in isolation.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has some words of advice on how to cope with FOMO. In his newsletter, he responded to a fan's question about how he has personally dealt with this phenomenon in his own life, and said that there are three things which he believes have helped him to stop fixating on what other people might be doing without him.
"One is that whenever I see something in my vision I go all out," he says. "That means I don’t ever have to worry whether I did enough or whether there was something I missed. I always know I left no stone unturned. The second advantage is there are other things I don’t worry so much about, because they aren't part of my vision. Becoming a great golfer is not in my vision, so I bumble around the course and have a great time and don’t worry about anything but having fun."
"My third advantage is that I just don’t worry that much about what other people are doing, because I have enough to worry about with my own life," he continues. "I have movies, I have TV, I have Arnold Sports Festivals, I have investments, and I have all the time I want to spend with my kids and my family. I’m proud to run After-School All-Stars, my institute at USC, and my Austrian World Summit for environmental work, so with all the things I have going on, I don't waste any energy worrying about what other people are doing."
While it might be easier said than done, Schwarzenegger claims that you have to focus entirely on your own goals rather than expending your finite energy thinking about others.
"If I spent my time worrying about what other people were doing, that would have been less time to achieve all of my dreams," he says. "Protect your time. Don’t waste it chasing other people’s dreams."
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