Monday 31 August 2009


A Coaching colleague of mine introduced me to the S.U.M.O. concept. It raised a smile so, thought I'd share it. It's an acronym and is entirely appropriate to help us move out of the 'Shock, Denial' syndrome we find ourselves in here in Ireland after so many prosperous years. It can relate equally well to any set of circumstances where you need to just 'get a grip'!

So what does it mean...?
S.U.M.O. means 'Shut Up Move On' It's written by an author called Paul McGee and is an easy read. There's a time for reflection, sadness and wonderment regarding our current situation but we also need to be realistic and accepting of things. This is especially true for things outside our control (the economy, negative media etc). Things don't always go according to plan. When they don't, they get better quicker when we adapt to our new circumstances. By managing ourselves and our emotions towards our personal goals, this enables us to get us back on track. Sometimes we take our setbacks and ourselves too seriously. I learned nobody else does! A lot of work is being done at present in terms of 'resilience coaching' which is in the same arena.

The most successful people are not blown off course less........they simply correct and get back on track FASTER, (we control that by the way!). So, if you feeling a bit hard done by, give yourself a quick talking to, dust yourself off and get back on the horse. Smile as you learn, it makes it all more fun!
If you've read the book or used the concept I'd love to hear from you.

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