Believe in Yourself: Wisdom, Motivation, and Persistence with Kara Vaval
Apr 08, 2021
Whether you're a beginner or an established professional, taking a calculated risk is always daunting. With a rising amount of possibilities, fear of losing opportunities and failure becomes too challenging to manage. Despite your fears, you need to learn to believe in yourself. Don’t let self-doubt bring you down, and use your failures as learning experiences.
In this episode, Kara Vaval shares why you should believe in yourself. Having confidence in your strategic plans can improve your decision-making skills. You can take inspiration from her story of perseverance and faith as she successfully builds her law firm from her stint in selling Mary Kay products.
If you want to know how far “trusting and staying on your lane” can lead you, then this episode is for you.
Here are three reasons why you should listen to this episode
- Learn what the abundance mindset is and how it helps you manage the competition.
- Kara shares how your firm can gain traction if you believe in yourself and use your business confidence.
- Discover why putting faith in your decision eliminates the fear of uncalculated risks.
Get to Know Kara Vaval
- Kara Vaval is an author, business coach, and the President of the Personal Injury Law Firm – Vaval Law.
- She is the Empowerment Institute CEO, a platform seeking to provide training and coaching services to students.
- Her tragic backstory forced her to move away from Haiti when she was only 16. She spent her college years at Adelphi University and studied law in South Florida.
- Her success as a Mary Kay Cosmetics seller helped fund her law firm's establishment.
- She considers herself a laptop lifestyle lawyer considering its time advantages.
Utilize Transferable Skills
- Kara used the skills she learned in Mary Kay to provide better customer service and concretize her law firm's business perspectives.
Kara: “When you are in these kinds of business, a lot of personal development, it's a lot of headwork, and you got it because you are learning to bounce back from all the nodes, and having this inner fortitude to keep pressing on even though it's very discouraging sometimes.”
- Moshe shares that he used to sell Amway (which used cassette tapes as media) and what he learned from it.
- Moshe recalls one of the Law Firm Growth Summit speakers, John Strohmeyer, and how his client service experiences in the Four Seasons Hotel became valuable to his law firm.
- Stellar customer service and customer experience are the foundations of a good business. If you are missing that, everything will fall apart.
- Making people support your business is hard to sustain in the long-term. People with good client relations backgrounds have an advantage in these businesses.
Motivation to Be a Lawyer
- She clarified that her motivation to become a lawyer is not because of what she went through but because she wanted to honor her father and make him proud.
- Kara never touched Criminal Law since she believes it is against her values.
- She enjoys bringing economic justice to clients. She also practices immigration and family law on the side.
- Putting client service and satisfaction at the heart of her firm means she has no threat of competition.
- She stresses how she offers pure compassion and complete attention to all her clients.
- She can always sell her angle to potential clients because she believes her customer satisfaction values are still different.
- Success in any business is advantageous through a well-versed Unique Selling Proposition (USP), but believe in yourself. Selling yourself to clients is also a contributing factor.
- From working in a contingency-based firm, she manages every case by taking each client's case-to-case concerns to account.
Confidence Is a Plus
- Believe in yourself, be confident with what you are and what you are doing.
- Your potential customers can tell if you feel confident.
- We unconsciously sell ourselves to the people around us in exchange for a relationship, friendship, or mutual trust.
- If you believe in yourself and have confidence in your law firm, you diminish your fear and insecurities to give way to free thinking, creativity, and abundance.
Kara: “They are never going to do it better than me. They're going to do it the way they do; that doesn't mean it's better than me. It's just how I do it is different. I'm in my own lane. I'm carving my own; it's my own world.”
The Abundance Mindset
- Embracing abundance allows you to solve your problems in competition.
- Abundance can help you find opportunities that can help in your company's progress.
- Without an abundance mindset, you are more likely to wait for your business to tell you what to do.
- The abundance mindset enriches the thought that anything is possible.
Faith on Taking Risks
- Fear eliminates progress since it makes jobs challenging to operate.
Kara: “Trying to create something — and you don't even know if that's going to work out — I think is what all in all stops people. And you got people with potential who stay stagnant in the same space for years”
- Believe in yourself to eliminate fear. Take calculated risks.
- Not leaping with faith increases the opportunity cost.
Kara: “Every day that you're not achieving what you really, really, desire, you're missing out. You're missing out on that in this life. It's not like you get it back. And so when you say opportunity costs, it's not dollars at all, it's life, it's a lifestyle, it's experiences, it's time with family, it's the traveling that you want to do — it's all of those things.
- Desire is an opportunity-seeking expression, and you should use it with faith in making things happen in your career.
Kara: “Stay in your lane, and believe that what you got is good enough. Keep going.”
Considering It Done
- Moshe narrates the idea of his coach, James Wedmore, that links “considering things done” to success.
- You have to approach your decisions by thinking that "what's done is done" to eliminate fears.
- Not being decisive and approaching careers without conviction leads to a spiral of questioning and uncertainty.
Moshe: “You would think that that person has been doing this for long enough. All they need to do is just keep practicing and stay in shape, and they'll be fine. But the reality is that we get in our own way all the time. We get in our own head.”
Tracking Your Location
- Many people go into their careers and business without a plan.
- It is essential to grasp where you are now and what you are approaching to map out your progress.
- She stresses the importance of having a coach if you plan on establishing your law firm.
- Stay in touch with someone who can be accountable for spotting the mistakes outside of your circle.
- Coaches do not direct you or give you ideas; they make you see the next step from what you already know. This helps you believe in yourself.
Kara: “Change your question, change your life. That's what it really is.”
What Failure Can Do
- When we realize that an action is wrong, we recognize it. And we learn from it to do better next time.
- Failure is inevitable, and that's why success is so sweet. It's because of the losses.
Kara: “Failure, for me, is a gift. The faster I can fail, the faster I can learn, the better off I am.”
- You can't keep checking on your decision if it is going to work. You have to believe in yourself, execute plans, and make that growth happen.
Kara Vaval is the President of Vaval Law, an author, keynote speaker, business coach, and a mom of two. She is also the CEO of The Empowerment Institute, a platform seeking to provide training and coaching services to students, helping them get there while enjoying their preferred lifestyles.
In the past three years alone, her firm has successfully recovered millions for her injured clients. She takes pride in treating her clients with client-focused discussion as she puts humanitarian assistance at the heart of her profession.
If you wish to get in touch with Kara, you may send her an email at [email protected] or connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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