Happy New Year! One of the things that I love about the turn of the new year is the excitement, hope and possibility that comes with it.
Although we are growing and changing all the time, the transition from one year to the next often is a time for self-reflection, and is a time when we seem to have extra motivation to help us reach our goals.
One of the things about goal-setting is that we often reach for things that we believe are attainable for us, usually because we’ve seen someone else do it – or something similar. That’s not to say that as humans we aren’t creative, but usually our creativity gets sparked when we see someone else do something that appeals to us, and then we look for a way to get there.
When we look at the self-help industry – which is everywhere at this time of year – we see ‘how to’ manuals and programs teaching us how to get where we want to go.
Why? Because everyone needs some help figuring out how to get from point A to point B. As an example, you wouldn’t take a long road trip without a map, right?
But first, you have to have the idea of what you want to do, and the belief that in fact YOU can do it.
This is one of the reasons I believe it’s so important to surround ourselves with stories of people who’ve done the kinds of things we want to achieve. I am always looking to those around me to see how they’ve done what they’ve done, and then using their wisdom and insights to replicate their success for myself.
As a Latina, we usually look to role models that are other women, or women of color, but it’s also important to see people *just like us* who have done what we want to do, or something similar.
It’s inspiring to see someone who has a similar background or experiences do something that we ourselves aspire to do.
I encourage you to surround yourself with people who are inspiring and motivating for you, and seek out stories of some women who do the kinds of things YOU want to do.
It’s because of this need for role models that it was so powerful when Sonia Sotomayor became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice. Similarly, we look to people like the first Latina astronaut, Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Maria Hinojosa (award-winning journalist), and Alisa Valdes (best-selling author) to see how others have done it. Their huge successes inspire us toward our own.
It’s why I started the interview series, and why I believe in the power of role models – both having them, and being them.
Who are your role models? What do you want to achieve this year, and how do you plan to do so? And who are YOU a role model for?