If a young lady approached me and said that she was thinking about running for office, I would have one piece of advice:
Write yourself a letter and in that letter, list all of the things you would like to see in your campaign outside of the ideas and the policies. Most people probably run for office because of the policy component – they see a problem and they really want to fix that problem. This is particularly true for women. However, it is equally important to know what type of campaign you want to run, e.g. a clean campaign, a campaign absent of dirty money, a diverse campaign, etc.
The way you run your campaign can mean the difference between winning and losing. If volunteers, for example, are not treated well they will tell their friends and their neighbors. This could cost you not only your volunteer but potential votes as well.
Ultimately, I don’t think that this is only relevant to politics. Writing lists or goals should be used in all aspects of your life.