Is It Time to Shut Up and Move On?
“SHUT UP, AND MOVE ON!”
From the outset, that sentence can seem unreasonably harsh – particularly as we’re navigating through a global pandemic and dealing with highly unusual circumstances that nobody could’ve predicted.
However, the term, coined by renowned international motivational speaker Paul McGee, is meant to be anything but.
McGee says the principles of shut up and move on, or ‘SUMO’ as it’s more commonly referred to, forces people to reflect and press pause before developing strategies to move on in a bigger and better way.
“When we get dressed in the morning, we’re not thinking about what you want to put on first – your left or right shoe – we do it on autopilot without thinking,” says McGee. “What are we doing on autopilot that is working for us, and we need to do more of, but what are some things we’re doing on autopilot that are not as effective as they could be? SUMO gives us time to pause. That’s the shut up aspect of it.”
However, McGee says reflection is useless without putting plans into action.
“I want to be very provocative and challenging, but in a humorous way – a thought-provoking way, “ says McGee. “It’s alright reading the self-help articles, attending the webinars, reading the books and listening to the podcasts, but we get one shot on this planet and at this life, so how can we get the best out of ourselves, the best out of others, and the best out of life? The move on aspect is about life rewarding action, not just intention.”
The SUMO message and strategy comes at an apt time for Queensland real estate professionals, who are grappling with the prospect of operating during a second wave of COVID-19 infections.
And if there’s anyone who’s an expert at revolutionising their business and mindset to adapt to the challenges a global pandemic presents, it’s McGee.
McGee had to draw down on his own SUMO strategy in March when he contracted COVID-19. Not only did he need to fend off the virus and recover, but also salvage his income.
“When I became ill with the virus in March, and was really quite unwell for a good two weeks or so, my diary was decimated because I made my living from speaking engagements delivered onsite,” says McGee. “Now, what was out of my sphere of influence and control? Well, I don’t know when we’re going to get through this virus, or when we’re going to get a vaccine, so I had to think about what was within my sphere of influence. I thought to myself, ‘alright Paul, first of all – get over this illness, keep focusing on what you can do rather than what you can’t do’. And that actually provoked me to be more open minded to virtual events.”
As real estate professionals will learn at McGee’s upcoming webinar with the REIQ, the SUMO approach is all about concentrating on what you can do, not what you can’t do, to achieve successful outcomes on both a professional and personal level.
In the wise words of McGee – “you don’t have to fight for the future, you just have to fight for today.”
As we reflect on the challenges the Queensland real estate industry has faced and overcome in the last few months, we reveal an industry that’s keen to press forward. Author and world leading motivational speaker, Paul McGee will reveal practical strategies for any real estate professional to implement that can make an immediate and tangible impact on how you are able to get the best out of yourself, and therefore get the best of life! Is it time for you to shut up and move on? If so, secure your tickets to THE SUMO GUIDE TO THRIVING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES webinar by clicking here.