Heard of FOMO? Well FOWD should be up there with FOMO. Except maybe it should be an acronym like FOMO instead of initialism. Maybe FORD instead. Much better. Do you have FORD? I do sometimes, but I definitely suffer from FOMO more often than FORD. I do, however, know A LOT of people who have FORD. Most people I know struggle with FORD on a daily basis. From the little things, such as, “should I straighten or curl my hair?” — to, “should I keep plans with my friend or go to this concert, that sounds more appealing, with another friend?” Always a dilemma.
Frequently, it seems as if people are unhappy based on the decisions they’ve made. Whether or not they even made a bad decision, numerous people instantly regret their decision based on the fear of having made the wrong one and missing out on what they didn’t choose. In a sense, that could be considered FOMO, so it’s almost a part of FORD. FOMO appertains to FORD. Making decisions is difficult because we constantly fear we are making the wrong choice and going to long for what we didn’t choose to do.
I make it a point to stick with my gut feeling (assuming I have one in each instance), use my logic to make decisions and then try to be content with the decision. Easier said than done, but 8/10 I’m satisfied with my choice. It helps to make informed decisions if you can. In those cases, I’m usually 100% satisfied, although it’s not always possible. Often, we have to make quick, uninformed decisions. In these moments, I go with my instincts and pick what comes to mind first. If upon further consideration this choice seems to be a terrible one, I will go with another option, but I typically go with my gut. Once I’ve made that decision, I coach myself into believing it’s the absolute right decision and even if it doesn’t end up working out perfectly, nothing does anyways, it will still be the best thing for me. I never realized that until writing this just now. No matter what you decide, something can and will go wrong with whatever decision you make, so be content with what you’ve decided. Even if you had chosen the second or third option, nothing is foolproof. Life feels easier when you’re certain about your choices. Little self-assuring tricks can make even the smallest decisions like deciding what shoes to wear a little less stressful.