On Choices

NewsletterAshley Stahl

The highlight of my old job at the Pentagon was my coffee break at Starbucks.

There. I said it.

Just that little, tiny 30 minutes, where I’d walk in the DC cold to sip that latte and watch interesting people. Everyone was interesting to me: the barista, the diplomats walking in, the housewives pushing their stroller… I wanted to get lost in all of their stories so I that didn’t have to go back into my workday.

That’s why I always recommend that you hire a career coach if you aren’t LOVING your work.

Everyone else I was watching just seemed so much more… fun. Even their outfits were more fun (my suit was a fashion prison cell for me). Can you relate? Heck, maybe your highlight is your bathroom break.

I get it. I’ve been there.

But the real question is: what are you going to do about it? 

Because if you don’t do anything now, you’ll never do anything. I talk to our in-house career coach Mary Beth about this reality all the time.

I don’t mean to say it in a blame-y sort of way; I just passionately believe that you have a choice to change your life. Einstein brilliantly said: “you cannot solve problems from the same level of thinking that created them.”

One of my favorite quotes in the world.

There’s a certain level of thinking that got you to where you are… And if you want to go somewhere else in your life, you’ve got to access a new level of thinking to get there.

…It’s just common sense, right?

So, I have a homework assignment for you… 

1. Write down this question I LOVE: What can I do, from where I am now, from what I have now, to get closer to that goal of (insert goal)?

2. Write down every idea you have.

3. Star the ideas that light you up. Then pick one… And just do it.

If I’m being candid, it’s coaching that gave me that “new level” of thinking in my life. Hiring a coach cracked me open and shined light into parts of myself that I didn’t know were there. 

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, apply for a consultation with my team. They’re catalysts for transformation.

Rooting for you as always! You deserve more than a career where your Starbucks walk is the highlight of the day!

xo

Ashley

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