Dealing with Stress using Paul Mcgee’s S.U.M.O strategy

Few people are interested in talking about their mental health. We are seeing a growing numbers of people attending gyms across the world year on year with greater scrutiny on the food we should be eating. However, there is little knowledge on how to keep your mind healthy. Maybe it’s because the conversations are not as sexy or as fun but this is a growing concern considering the ever-increasing amount of mental health related illnesses.

For so many generations and centuries the biggest issue and killer was our physical health. Whether it was diseases, poor nutritional choices or lack of medical advancements, the issues were centred around our physical well-being. This is now changing. Mental health related illnesses are one of the biggest challenges we are facing in the 21st century, whether its anxiety, stress or depression. It is everywhere. Yet few want to talk about it. We often hear older generations talk about how times were tougher in their time yet never faced “mental health” problems. The reality is times have changed, and that the demands of everyday life are completely different. I stumbled across the S.U.M.O by Paul McGee through my cousin Pardeep who lent me his copy as he felt it was a book that I would resonate well with. He was right.

Paul McGee’s book titled S.U.M.O (Shut up, Move on) is able to offer practical advice that has the ability to make an immediate difference on people’s lives both personally and professionally. S.U.M.O = Shut Up, Move On. This is a phrase that we can use whenever we are acting or thinking in a manner that is hampering our chances of succeeding. “Shut Up” does not simply mean “get over it”, it is more about stopping and reflecting on what is going and how this is stifling your potential. “Move On” means to look at new opportunities available and to actually take some form of action. There are six core principles outlined in the book that can help you in life as highlighted below.

1. Change Your T-Shirt — take responsibility for your own life and don’t be a victim.

2. Develop Fruity Thinking — change your thinking and change your results.

3. Hippo Time is OK — understand how setbacks affect you and how to recover from them.

4. Remember the Beachball — increase your understanding and awareness of other people’s world.

5. Learn Latin — change comes through action not intention. Overcome the tendency to put things off.

6. Ditch Doris Day — create your own future rather than leave it to chance; and, Forget the attitude ‘que sera, sera, whatever will be, will be’.

Large elements of the book talk about seizing control of your life and preventing yourself from feeling like a “victim”. There are many exercises in the book that Paul suggests and I personally have found them very useful. They typically encouraged focus and deeper levels of thinking which is something that most people can definitely find useful.

Putting things in perspective can be difficult especially in the heat of the moment. Asking the below 7 questions helps us understand how important and insignificant a lot of our thoughts and issues are.

1. Where is this issue on a scale of 1 to 10? (10 being death)

2. How important will this be in six months time?

3. Is my response appropriate and effective?

4. How can I influence or improve the situation?

5. What can I learn from this?

6. What will I do differently next time?

7. What can I find that’s positive in this situation?

I fully recommend this book as it is a great powerful read that is very thought provoking. After reading this book, I firmly believe most would view themselves and their surroundings very different.

“Opportunities come outside of your comfort zone”