Do You Suffer From F.O.M.O.? Here’s 6 Questions You Need To Ask Yourself!

It’s defined as an, “Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere.”

“I — You — Intentionality”

Georg Wilhem Friedrick Hegel

Do you suffer from F.O.M.O? If you do you’re far from alone.

The acronym which stands for fear of missing out was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. It’s defined as an, “Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere” and it’s one of the legion of micro-anxieties precipitated by the advent of Facebook and Twitter et al.

It’s a very First World problem on one level though isn’t it, but more generally do you feel that there is a gap between what you should or could be doing and what you actually are doing? And If yes, what do you think lies behind this dis-junction?

Was it a false premise, the wrong starting point, or an ill thought-out plan to begin with? Was it Hegel’s ‘Hidden Hand’ at play, or simply stuff and life happening and getting in the way?

Well to paraphrase Kolostov’s poem, ‘The Crossroads’ you haven’t arrived at that point where you are doomed to stay put. Not Yet. No. No. No!

Nor will you be missing out if you start to take control of all areas of your life from today, and with the various thoughts, exercises and techniques I’ve being sharing through my Book, ‘Uncovering Mindfulness’ available on Amazon; as well as on Twitter, Medium, Rebel Mouse, in The Huffington Post and now through Thrive Global too, among other platforms.

These all provide you with parts of a very distinctive and life-affirming Road Map and all the tools you need to begin to live and be different.

So, in this piece I want to square the circle with the six questions you should be asking yourself everyday, as part of a new Mindful Living routine. Because if we start asking ourselves the right questions, we are more likely to get the right answers, ne’s pas?

  • Did I work towards my goals today?
  • What bad habits do I need to stop today?
  • What motivated me today?
  • Have I been the kind of person I want to be today?
  • What mistakes did I make today and what can I learn from them?
  • What am I grateful for today?

This daily practice will augment and strengthen awareness, presence, positive self-regard and our overall sense of self — And remember, life isn’t an audition, so we shouldn’t be afraid to experiment, let go of stuff, and embrace change. Be Lampedusa’s Leopard, mai si

I started this piece with a quote from the German Philosopher, Hegel. That quote is also to be found at the start of my book, whilst a Van Morrison lyric (from ‘Madam George’ to be found on Astral Weeks) comes at the end.

Of course, Uncovering Mindfulness goes much further than from Hegel to Van Morrison in both time and space, and so could you if you jump on board this train…”This is a train… This is a train… This is a train of thought…” (Madam George, Astral Weeks).

Tener en Cuenta and may your journey Uncover your Mindfulness!

Paul Mudd is the author of ‘Uncovering Mindfulness: In Search Of A Life More Meaningful’available on Amazon and; the ‘Coffee & A Cup Of Mindfulness’ and the ‘Mindful Hacks For Mindful Living & Mindful Working’series. Through The Mudd Partnership he works with business leaders, organisations and individuals in support of change, leadership excellence and introducing Mindfulness. You can find out more about who he is and what he does at and he can also be contacted at [email protected]. Meanwhile, follow the continuing journey uncovering Mindfulness on Twitter @TheMindfulBook and at @Paul_Mudd

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