Success means different things to different people. It could be the accomplishment of an aim or the good and bad outcome of an undertaking. It could also mean feeling that tingle of excitement about what you do, sticking with what matters through hard times and living a life you can feel proud of in retrospect.
The most successful women do have habits that they follow. These are habits that anyone can pick up. If you’re looking to find success in your life, take a look at some ways other women achieve their goals.
Here are 10 habits of successful women
1. They educate themselves
Successful women make a habit of educating themselves as much as possible. This doesn’t always mean academic knowledge. Successful women know practical knowledge. A typical successful woman makes sure to ask questions and find answers for herself. Be curious, aware, and informed about the world. Note that when the mind stops learning, you start dying
2. They set goals and follow through
Setting goals can be a little overwhelming at first. Successful women practice setting small goals and following through with them. Once goal setting and following through becomes a habit, you can start setting larger goals and know the steps to achieve them. Successful women become successful by following through with their goals, big or small
3. Successful women keep lists
Lists are a lifesaver for the successful woman. Professional keynote speaker Neen James shares that, “My #1 daily success habit professionally is investing 15 minutes every morning to identify my top 3 not negotiable activities for completion today. I do it every day and write it on a post it note that says ‘Today I will …’ and list my three.”
Writing lists can help with setting goals, but it can also help keep you organized. Good organization is part of every successful women’s habits. Getting organized is one of the very first, and most crucial, steps for success.
4. They stay socially connected
Having a support system is important to the successful woman. Friends and family are important to keep you on track in life. They can help manage stress, and be a sounding board for all of the things in life that overwhelm you. Being successful doesn’t require cutting yourself off from other people. In fact, being connected to other people is going to make success far more likely.
5. They have a schedule
Even your downtime should be scheduled. To be successful, you should always have something to do with your day and stick to your plans. Successful women always know what their day is going to look like the night before. They also always remember to schedule a time to decompress and relax.
6. Successful women challenge themselves
Every day is a new opportunity to challenge yourself and overcome it. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Successful women are always striving to challenge themselves in one way or another. It’s one of the best ways to get better. Don’t be afraid of not overcoming the challenge. The most important thing is that you tried.
7. They adopt healthy coping mechanisms
It’s important to know how to manage stress to avoid being overwhelmed.
Successful women have all kinds of healthy coping mechanisms when it comes to staying stress-free. Whether that means meditation, going to the gym, yoga, journaling, writing or something else – staying on top of your stress and managing it well is integral to being a successful woman.
8. They always try something new
To become successful, you actively have to step outside of your comfort zone. “Underestimating yourself and playing it safe holds you back from success. When you believe in yourself and your abilities, you often can go beyond the imaginable,” says president for Lead from Within, Lolly Daskal.
Trying something new will make you more comfortable with stepping outside of that comfort zone. Start small: go somewhere new for lunch, and try something you’ve never had before. Before you know it, you’ll be applying for your dream job without any fear. You’ll also get new ideas for that business.
9. Successful women know it is important to avoid comparison
Other women are not your competition. In fact, other women can be vital to your success. Successful women know this, and they know the power of female friendship and companionship.
Comparing yourself to other people tends to be limiting. Rather let them be a source of motivation. A successful woman never compares herself to another woman in her life. She knows that we’re all on our own paths in life, and some take different roads than others to get to where they’re going.
10. Successful women are kind and they have an attitude of gratitude
Successful women know that the best way to connect with people is with kindness. That connection will contribute to your success in so many ways. Not only will it build a network of people who can help you become successful, it will build emotional connections as well.
Kindness truly is a virtue and one that brings success to women in all walks of life.
You too can be successful:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson