Today’s guest in the Expert Insight Interview is Paul McGee, the speaker, and the best-selling author known as The SUMO Guy. He will present his SUMO approach and talk about how it can help you to achieve your objectives and ultimately become more successful and content.
The interview explores:
- The art of SUMO
- Advanced self-leadership
- The power of the inner circle
The Art Of SUMO
SUMO is the acronym for ‘Shut Up, Move On’ or the softened-up version ‘Stop, Understand, Move On.’ Essentially, it stands for taking some time to reflect and press pause. It means to shut down the excuses and stop moaning about the things we can’t change. Lastly, it urges us to shut down the voice of self-doubt that is holding us back.
Our world is very reflexive and reactive, which makes it even more critical to understand the power of stopping and reflecting. To enjoy the journey, we need to speed, but sometimes it’s necessary to step on the breaks. People are afraid that by taking some time out, they will be left out or marginalized. However, our outcomes are the results of our response to some event. That is why our response needs to be well calculated and thought through.
We are all leaders of ourselves. To be successful in it, instead of jumping into things and doing what everyone else does, we need to stop and think about the outcomes that we desire. We have to resist the temptation to react immediately in all situations. The quality of all good leaders is decisiveness, but making the right decision takes time and wisdom. Even though society tends to undermine them as signs of weakness, curiosity, humbleness, and open-mindedness are the key values of successful self-leadership. The circumstances we are in are the unknown territory for all of us. Leaders should prepare to experiment, adapt, and be open to new things.
The Inner Circle
In business, there are many people so paralyzed by the uncertainty of the current situation that they are unable to make any decision. That could be more harmful than making the wrong one.
The concept of two circles tells us that there is the outer one, the circle of our concerns, and the inner one, which is our circle of influence and the one that should be our focus. One of its most important aspects is making sure that we lead ourselves well. Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s crucial to both our success and our sanity. To be productive, we need to take care of our sleep schedule, day structure, and mental diet. Consuming too much information and negativity can be very draining, and we should be selective with the things our brains absorb. Ending and beginning our days with positivity, thankfulness, and focusing on our sphere of influence is the formula for leading a more productive, successful, and fulfilling life.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.