How to Break Out of the Rut of Same Old Thinking!

“Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.”  ~Tina Turner

It’s challenging to create a Fresh Start when you are bogged down by the same old ways of thinking. Did you know that, depending on the source, research indicates that humans think somewhere between 60,000 and 90,000 thoughts each day? That’s a LOT of thinking!

The problem with that much thinking is that we think the same old thoughts every day. And then we wonder why our lives feel mundane and turn a dreary shade of grey.

It’s sad that we often tend to hang onto those tired and tedious thoughts like our survival depends on them. But they make us feel safe. Safety is a high price to pay for our aliveness and vitality.

What would be possible if you stepped out of the safety zone of your same old thinking to embrace different ways of thinking? What new and inspiring ideas do you think would show up for ways you can invent an exciting and vibrant Encore Career or life?

I recently held a phone consultation with a young man who is grappling with choosing a lifetime career. Three or four things are calling to him at once and he has no idea which one to pursue.

He has consulted with several career counselors. He tells me they are completely frustrated by his inability to narrow his focus. And it seems to him that they are unwilling to work with him until he does.

I invited him to let go of what he’s been told he SHOULD do, at least for the moment. I think it’s PERFECT for him to be exploring his career options at this point in his life.

He was STUNNED! He said that’s the first time anyone has said that to him.

It was fun to listen to his curiosity build as gave up his same old thinking to think differently about the array of possibilities before him.

I’m curious too. I can’t wait to discover what excites him about each option. I believe his excitement contains the golden thread that will lead him to what he is meant to do with his life. From there, designing the career that expresses and fulfills on what matters to him will start to naturally arise. And he’ll attract an abundance of opportunities and people to support him.

What could be better than that?


What new ways of thinking would it be essential for YOU to embrace to design the life or Encore Career of YOUR dreams? To explore, contact Sue “Coach” Koch at 949-212-4345 or email for your complimentary “get acquainted” Coaching Session.