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A New York City career coach's top five tips on how to find your dream job -- starting today
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- Face your biggest weakness. Whether it's public speaking or investing in the stock market, staring your fears down is one of the most powerful things you can do. Give yourself a long lead time -- about six months -- to train and practice.
By taking these small leaps, you can give yourself permission to fail -- which is ultimately the key to success. "We get held back because people are afraid to make mistakes, but that's how we learn. When you realize you can fail at something and survive, then it makes you braver and you can take the next risk," says Leslie Evans, a New York City career coach.
- Suggest the unexpected. Stuck in a rut at work? Present your boss with a daring new idea/project you'll head up -- even if it's outside your area of expertise. "Anything you to do to stretch yourself out of your comfort zone will ultimately enable you to take larger risks and grow," says Evans.
- Say yes to that volunteer project. Something amazing happens when you give a bit of yourself: The world suddenly becomes a more open and friendly place. Evans noticed this after she started serving meals to rescue workers at Ground Zero. She met a number of wonderful people, including a man who offered to let her stay at his place in Park City, Utah, during the winter Olympics. "That was a dream come true, but it's important that you don't do volunteer work with an ulterior motive in mind. Then it doesn't work," says Evans.
- Change your personality. Your money personality, that is. Are you a notorious spendthrift? Make a concerted effort to rein in the outpouring of cash. On the other hand, do you deny yourself constantly or worry about money? Then let loose a bit and try to splurge without any guilt! There are a lot of people who don't have an adult relationship with money," notes Evans. "But it's important to manage it well and be conscious of how you're spending it."
- Live in the present. Credit cards overburdened? See if you can go one month without using a single credit card. Treat yourself to a delicious dinner out at the end of the month -- and mull over the most successful tricks you discovered for easing up on the plastic. "For people who are overburdened with debt, this is about self-discipline and self-care," says Evans. "So many people use credit cards without ever thinking about the money they're spending."
Once you start taking these risks, you'll find it's addictive. Pretty soon, you'll be amazed by just how far these leaps can take you!