First there was FOMO (fear of missing out). Then came JOMO (joy of missing out). Now, there’s FOPO: Fear of Other People’s Opinions.
Is FOPO stopping you from living your best life? The real question is, when did we all begin to believe that other people’s opinions mattered? And, that those opinions mattered so much we began to live our lives for someone else? Whether it’s the pressure to fit in or the fear of being socially rejected, we want to help before FOPO stops you from being the best possible version of yourself.
- Dance like nobody’s watching and sing like nobody’s listening: Practice this motto and do whatever it is you want to do without the fear of being judged. And, to be brutally honest, people care way less about what you think or the choices you make.
- Live in the moment: Try not to guess or predict the future as it relates to what people will think, how they will act, or what they will say. Focus on the now and forget about what could be.
- Remember, regardless of the song lyrics, it’s NOT the end of the world as we know it: While our brain is wired to jump to the worst case scenario, very rarely do the extreme and cruel consequences that cross our mind come true.
Moving forward, we give you permission to set yourself free from judgement. We want you to know it is safe and OK to be you. The real and genuine people in your life will always accept you for who you are. Lastly, we want to remind you that at the end of the day, “Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business. “