YOU (TOO) CAN DO IT!
If you believe it, you can achieve it
It’s a new day and there are so many firsts Kamala Harris has been named. First woman. First Black Vice President-elect. First Black woman Vice President-elect. First South Asian-American Vice President-elect. First South Asian-American woman Vice President-elect. First VP-elect, whose parents immigrated from India and Jamaica. And the list goes on. As women and women of color, we are deeply inspired by Madam Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris. During such a momentous time in history, we were inspired to think about how this official announcement presents women and women of color with a life lesson in reaching for your goals and breaking barriers. We are a skincare brand, so it got us to thinking — being a goal-getter...that’s beauty. Inspired by our new VP-Elect (it still gives us goosebumps!), we’re sharing some ideas on a number of ways we think you can reach your goals.
Get to know yourself, grow, learn.
The saying goes, if you don’t know who you are and where you come from, you don’t know where you’re going. If you are wandering through life, aimlessly, what are the odds you will come out on the other side, with any direction? Sure, there are examples of people who testify that they really don’t know how they got to where they are (maybe faking it until they made it?), but if you made a concerted effort to get to know yourself — your strengths, weaknesses, ideas, ideals, and even your productivity cadence — you give yourself the chance to represent yourself in a more confident way, know how to ask for what you want and need, and keep opening doors that you didn’t even know existed, or otherwise may have remained closed.
Stay focused. Work tirelessly.
They say the early bird gets the worm, and there’s truth to that. We all love a good movie night, or sometimes it’s relaxing to just mindlessly scroll through your social media feeds and timelines, until you realize how much time has passed. Either way, it is known that successful people tend to be early risers. Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama are two who come to mind. Waking up at the break of dawn gives you time to start your day, center your mind, and set yourself up for successful intentions, all while being ahead of the curve. Imagine how much more you would get done in a day if you actually put in more hours?
Be kind to others.
A little kindness goes a long way. Married to our first point of getting to know yourself, we aren’t referring to the idea of being kind, just in order to get what you want. We know it’s not necessarily inherent in everybody, and we definitely know that everyone has their own triggers. When you genuinely feel connected to others, and really get to know them, you move away from the selfish thoughts, guards come down (we know, it can be a challenging world), and you start to peel back layers, exposing the heart of the person. We deal with a variety of types of people, every day, and if we took the time to really get to know each other, we would have more opportunity to form strong bonds and solid allies that lead to successful outcomes.
Be a person of your word.
Integrity is a key component of being successful. Again, of course, there are people who lack this quality, and have come out on top. For us, it comes down to what your definition of success is. If people can’t trust that you are who you say you are and will do what you say you will do, how far will you really get? If you do get far, while cheating the system, is that really success?
Just let go! In contrast to the sweat you put into your hard work, there’s always time for a smile and a laugh. Release some of the weight that’s on your shoulders, and make sure you keep some light moments, as well. Laugh with loved ones and friends, watch a light-hearted movie, or even go for a walk and make a conscious decision to pay attention to the little joys around you. Giving yourself a break, you give yourself a chance to decompress, breathe, and get ready for the next rung on your ladder to success!
When you think about the path to success, there are so many avenues to get there. These were just a handful of ideas we thought about, when it comes to forging a path of your own. What are some of the ways you focus on your own journey towards success? What are some tips you have, for others, if you have a success story of your own? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments, below!