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Joy Strategies  

For Your Success in the Business of Life


In This Issue...

  • New Joy Strategies Post: "The Joy of MOVEMENT"
  • Ask the Coach: "Packing for a Trip Outside Your Comfort Zone"
  • Guest Post for CommonHealth on WBUR: "Kicking Louise's 'But'" 
  • Bloomer Boomer Podcast: Plan for a Meaningful Retirement with a Business Plan for Life
  • Recommended Read: Christine Bader's "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil"

Dear Friends of Allison Rimm and Associates,

As the song goes, it's been a long, cold, lonely winter.  Who among us isn't ready to shake off the heaviness of hibernation, lighten up, and drink in some fresh air and sunshine?  If you're like a lot of people I know, this winter may have slowed you down to the point where it's hard to rally the energy you need to get back in full gear. Yeah, you want to get some exercise, but you just don't feel like you have it in you to do so.  Read on for some inspiration to get you off your "but" and moving once again.

With My Warm Wishes,



The Joy of Movement

Energy wants to move.  Rivers want to flow. When that flow gets cut off, the pressure mounts until the dam bursts and floods ensue.  As I sit here writing at 4:15 in the afternoon, I’m still wearing the workout clothes I donned at six this morning when I was “just” going to stop in my office, do a couple of quick things, kiss my son before he went off to school, and then run to the gym.  And here I sit, my anxious energy building up and threatening to burst the dam.  So, I’ve got to move very soon and will the minute the first draft of this post is finished. Promise.

An Object at Rest…

According to Newton’s first law of inertia, “An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”  While my brain has been moving at warp speed all day, my poor body has had to wait patiently for its turn to move.  A few hours ago, it stopped being so patient, tapping its foot and getting increasingly restless.  My head knows that if it would just take the body for a nice walk and a few stretches, it would happily allow the brain to focus more clearly on the task at hand and finish it far more quickly and efficiently.  But now we’re all tired and it’s getting increasingly difficult to find the energy to move.

Ask the Coach:

Packing For a Trip Outside Your Comfort Zone

Question:  I was asked to participate as a content expert for an upcoming meeting with my company's top executives. I feel a little over my head. Any tips on making a good impression?

Answer:  The good news is that growth, professional and otherwise, takes place outside your comfort zone. It's great that you've got a little notice and are aware of your discomfort with enough time to prepare.  And preparation is the key to optimizing your chances for success. Often, what makes us feel nervous about a new experience is that we don't know what to expect.  So here are some things to optimize your chances of shining at this meeting:
  1. Find confidence in the fact that you have been recognized as an expert
  2. Get a copy of the meeting agenda in advance and be sure you are prepared to discuss your topic in that context
  3. Observe how the executives dress and wear clothing and accessories that are appropriate to the setting
  4. Remember to breathe, make eye contact, and speak with authority.
  5. If you don't know the answer to a question, simply state that you will find the answer and get back to them quickly.
Above all, view this as an opportunity to see the executive team in action and how they operate. Once you've done all you can to prepare, do your best to relax and enjoy the opportunity to learn and contribute.

Guest Post on WBUR's CommonHealth Blog:   


"Project Louise: Coach Undertakes
to Kick Louise’s 'But’"

Haven’t you been enjoying Louise’s chronicle of her quest to become healthier? Who couldn’t love, respect and trust such a wise, witty and articulate woman? Turns out, Louise.

It’s time for Project Louise’s first quarterly check-in, and in assessing its first three months, I see that one of Louise’s main challenges is to be both easier and harder on herself. That is, she needs to learn to care enough for herself to take better care of herself — and she needs to hold herself accountable when she doesn’t.

I got hints of this underlying issue from our first meeting. Feeling honored to be chosen as her coach, I first met Louise in a coffee shop. Before we’d even sat down, she was berating herself for being “so stupid” as to order a latte that takes more than a nanosecond to make, keeping me waiting while I blew on my hot green tea. Thus came the first coaching imperative: Cut the negative self-talk.


Bloomer Boomer 
Podcast with
Andy Asher

Interested in planning for a meaningful retirement? Listen to my recent guest segment on the Bloomer Boomer podcast with Andy Asher. 

Recommended Read: 

The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil
by Christine Bader

I'm pleased to recommend this wonderful book by fellow Bibliomotion author, Christine Bader, who said she fell in love with her company and then BP broke her heart. She chronicles her "experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business. Using her story as its skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other “Corporate Idealists” working inside some of the world's biggest and best-known companies".

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"It's a helluva start,
being able to recognize
what makes you happy."

                -Lucille Ball


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