Fear of Missing Out leads to information overload and inaction!
A study by Wiltermuth and Francesca, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2012, revealed that inaction can be the result of too many options which is the result of a phenomenon called Fear of Missing Out (FMO).
When we are motivated by a fear of missing out on something we will overload ourselves with every possible avenue and piece of information pertaining to that goal; the end result is inaction.
So if your goal is fat loss and you are motivated by a fear of missing out you will buy every ebook out there, follow countless fat loss and fitness gurus all promising the holy grail of workouts or fat loss and nutrition tips.
You will consume product after product, clicking buy followed by additional fear purchasing; last chance, won’t be offered again, huge discount if you buy this too, add this to your cart. Before you know it on just one $19.95 transaction you have spent upwards of $50 to $200 dollars impulsively clicking, buying and consuming due to fear of missing out.
Then the next day another guru promotes another ebook and down the rabbit hole you go. And by the way you still haven’t even read the five other books or programs you just purchased all promising you that magic solution to melting your belly fat in 4 weeks, 6 weeks or 12 weeks! Just follow me, I have all the answers, fitness gurus!
You now have so much information you don’t know where to begin or what to follow.
You have completely lost the ability to follow your own innate wisdom. You are overloaded to the point of inaction. The end result: No action is being taken to solve your fat loss issue now!
It’s not your fault, we all fall prey to this! The marketing gurus know the psychology of the buyer; they spend a great amount of time and money creating this fear of missing out in their marketing strategies.
The best and only way I know to resolve this is to limit your influences; like your parents always said, watch who you hang out with. Drop all extraneous influences, all but your absolute top 2 to 3 fitness experts. Keep the ones that naturally jive with your style and goals; the best experts in the field that speak your language and motivate you.
I recommend dropping the ones that are always selling first! I am not interested in the individual who always has something to sell me; the next hot deal in the fitness industry. Also watch out for those trying to get backend deals on supplement and protein powders or programs from other fitness experts. The occasional pitch for a product or program they have used and believe I am all for. The same as any industry if you receive a profit you will be biased. I appreciate those who make a point of giving a disclaimer in this area; it is respectful at the very least.
The next ones to drop are the ones who have no tolerance for differing opinions or practices. Know-it-alls are usually the least informed and arrogant to match the ignorance.
Now there are exceptions to this rule some highly intelligent, science based individuals who also have no tolerance for others who are not as educated as they are. They actually are arrogant based on true intelligence, but personally I am just turned off by arrogance.
All fitness training and nutrition is a personal journey; affected by the individual’s goals, lifestyle, metabolism and current health and fitness levels. There is no one size fits all program. No one else knows what’s best for you, but you; No science does not get to decide this in my opinion!
If scientific data says the squat is the absolute best exercise, but you personally hate them, then that exercise will not work for you. You will perform it with poor technique and lack of intensity!
Nutrition is the key, movement is necessary, your goals dictate the action, and your lifestyle is what pulls it all together. Not some science based guy who barks at you that you are wrong and must submit; their way or the highway.
Look for the few experts who promote real science based nutrition plans, with clinical trials or study supporting them, but remember ultimately they will need to be customized to fit you personally.
Look for periodization plans and a certain level of customization in fitness schedules not one size fits all plans.
The fitness schedules should offer beginner, intermediate and advanced level programs which escalate in intensity over a 3 to 4 week period. They should also provide a down week or lower intensity week for the body to rest and recover.
Again any fitness program will have to match you personally or it will not succeed in the long run. You are blending this program into your current life not dropping your entire life to fit a plan. This cannot be maintained; then you are left with feelings of guilt and failure. In other words worse off than you started.
NOW back to the point, once you have chosen your absolute top 2 to 3 experts then pick one program only to follow!
That’s right, pick one program and stick to it for the designated time period.
Drop the fear of missing out. Make a choice and be happy with it, trust it. Pretend it’s a relationship no relationship will ever succeed if the other person is constantly on the lookout for something better and only giving you minimal attention! Focus and commit; this is where success is found.
Do not tweak or adjust the program (except for food allergies and sensitivities obviously). Once completed you have that option to make it your own, but first you must follow it and master it. You cannot make smart changes to something until you have mastered it first. Otherwise you could be altering a crucial component and not even know it! Trust is a must to succeed!
DO NOT purchase or even consider looking at any other programs during this time period.
Complete the program. Evaluate your results. Consider your new goals. Now you are ready to take the next step if that means continuing, but personalizing or tweaking the program, so be it. One change at a time, one program at a time, that is what works and will reap the results you seek, no magic bullet; just simple focused execution.
Bruce Lee stated, “It’s not the daily increase, but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential”.
If you fear missing out, you will become overloaded with information. This results in inaction! We want action; simple, concise, effective action! The focused execution of one plan is the solution to the fear of missing out dilemma and its attendant information overload.
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