You may not know what FOMO is, that’s okay, don’t feel bad. I learned that word fairly recently, so what FOMO is, it’s an acronym that means Fear Of Missing Out. If you are a person that wants to be in everything, and you don’t want to miss out on anything; you want to be a part of everything, you usually end up overcommitting. And, when you overcommit, you stretch yourself too thin.

So, what does overcommitment look like?

There’s the obvious, where you’re participating in more activities than you have time for, but another way of overcommitting, is, let’s say you volunteer to help someone accomplish something. The key is, help, not ‘do it for them’. But what overcommitment looks like, is when you’re more committed to a person or cause than the people who originally started the cause, or the person who originally started the journey. And that kind of overcommitment will drain you so quickly because you’re working so hard to accomplish something that a person or organization does not really want to accomplish, and will not sustain once you stop doing what it is that you’re doing. So, you need to pick your battle. Do not overcommit to something that you know the individual or the organization you’re working for is not going to commit to themselves and sustain, once it’s time for you to move on, or you’re promoted, or you’re done with the initial commitment you made. That’s going to make you burnout physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

 

#16 Three reasons why we burn out