Year 1: Growth and Development

Today marks one year since the launch of Capitol Heel and we would like to thank all of our loyal readers and subscribers for all of your support.

This year has been all about helping women grow and develop within the political arena. According to Bo Bennet, “those who improve with age, embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.”

With each passing year, reflect on your personal goals. If you notice that you are off track, devise a plan, refocus, and execute. In some cases, you might determine that you need to change jobs or leave a certain city to achieve your short or long-term goals and that is perfectly fine but don’t wait six more months before you begin to plan for that job switch or that move.

Every year should teach you something new about you! Take a moment to reflect on these lessons and dedicate some time to becoming the best version of you because when you do, you will see the benefits in your career. Most importantly, as you reflect on those lessons or challenges make a plan to overcome those challenges in the future. Being able to navigate challenges is a valuable skill.

And while reflection is important, executing your next steps will determine how successful your reflection will be the following year. With that being said don’t be afraid to take that new job, move to that new city, mend that office relationship. Remember, “everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it” – Andy Rooney. Work hard and never get too comfortable because “if any would not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) and “all progress takes place outside of your comfort zone” – unknown.

So, as we embark upon year two it is our hope that you experience an abundance of growth, development, and ultimately, success in your life, relationships, and career!

Happy 1 Year Capitol Heel!

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Mentors Matter!

Colleges tend to put a lot of emphasis on finding the right internship, and while this is important, finding the right mentor is equally as important.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, a mentor is an experience and trusted advisor. Having someone that you trust and that you know has been where you are trying to go is a valuable asset. If you use this relationship well you might find it to be one of the most rewarding relationships.

Now, there is nothing wrong with having a man for a mentor. Trust me, I have a few. BUT, you need to have a female mentor as well!

Having a female mentor gives you the opportunity to ask women specific questions. It will also allow you to hear about some of the challenges that are specific to being a woman in politics. Knowing these challenges ahead of time, gives you the opportunity to determine how you want to react, or even better, how you should react. AND, I suggest running your instincts by your mentor so that she can flag any negative reactions they might receive.

A female mentor can also talk to you about how important your reputation is and can detail some scenarios that can jeopardize your reputation. These conversations, in my opinion, are better to have with a female mentor since there are things that can hurt a woman’s reputation, and potentially get her fired, that may or may not do nearly that much damage to a male counterpart.

Not specific to having a female mentor, but also important, you need someone to hold you accountable to your goals whenever you get scared. For example, I think about all of the consequences of having a “high profile” job within the political arena, and if you do too, there will come a time when you are overwhelmed by the unknown and want to give up. This is usually when I call my mentor, tell him or her how I am feeling, and they help me snap out of it. Having someone to defuse the situation is crucial not only to keeping you focused, but also to your sanity! Anxiety attacks are not fun!

One of the most important reasons for having a mentor, in my opinion, is that you need someone to help guide you towards your goals. If you are anything like me, you have written down your “end goal” but if you haven’t figured it out yet, that’s okay. However, when starting your career it is important that have a general idea of where you want to be in three years. Knowing where you want to be will help your mentor provide you with sound advice on which internships and or jobs will get you to that point. Additionally, knowing which opportunities to take will keep you moving towards your goal and decrease the amount of time you spend exploring offers that get you nothing other than an extra $1000 a month. Not saying that money isn’t important just saying it won’t always get you closer to your goal.

Ultimately, your mentor should be someone in your field, holding your dream job (or did at someone point), and, most importantly, should be someone that you admire and respect. The sooner you find your unicorn, you will be on your way to leaving your mark in politics.

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