So, what makes some women more successful than others?
Is it the random element of luck?
Or the fact they are smarter than an average woman and have charming personalities?
Whatever your stance is, one thing is for sure much of what make some women more successful is developing certain habits which they stick to as a norm throughout their lives no matter what.
Trust me, it’s not easy for women to be successful in a male dominating society where there are unfair laws, stereotypes and male centered work place practices where women are merely seen as a ‘sexual object’ rather than women with more brains and possessing certain attributes that many men lack.
“Women are leaders everywhere you look—from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women, and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” —Nancy Pelosi
Here are 10 of the most well -known habits of all successful women, which every woman should implement too in order to be successful too.
They have a badass attitude
Developing a badass attitude is a must to have to achieve success in life. Successful women know they are the creators of their lives. They take life as a blank canvas upon which they can paint anything they want to paint.
They take control of their life and create the kind of life they desire to live. They know developing the right attitude will change the life they experience. They experience success when they stop playing the victim rather becomes the creator of their own destiny. They know by playing the victim they compel their ability to change their life in the direction they want to.
They are organized
Organization and success goes hand in hand. Smart women realize organization is the key to success. They know being organized is the first step to success.
What organization means is setting up priorities and goals in life along with sound planning. If you have great ideas but you don’t have an action plan you would fail, in spite your great ideas and vision.
According to Dalia Grybauskaite, the first female president of Lithuania, “Traditionally, women have a lot of different roles in society. It is very difficult to balance all these roles and the same to compete with men. A leading successful woman has to put in much bigger efforts to be more competent and faster, more dynamic and organized, than a successful man.”
To be able to create a great action plan one has to be relaxed. Hence, meditation is one the most often mentioned habits of highly successful women.
The latest research reveals that how mental breaks increase productivity and encourage creativity.
A relaxed mind also comes naturally to those people who are more organized and hence experience less stress in their daily life.
Arianna Huffington, who is worth $ 50 million, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post, meditates every day for 30 minutes after waking.
Kerri Walsh Jennings, 3 time Olympic Gold medalist claims to start each of her days with 10-15 minutes of meditation first thing each morning.
Ellen DeGeneres, TV actress, credits Transcendental meditation to still her mind.
They don’t waste time
One of the most common character traits of successful women is they value time. For them time is money. And they hate wasting it.
The most successful women know how to utilize their time properly.
They don’t waste their time involving in mindless gossip and activities. They plan everything beforehand in order not to waste their precious time as well as others.
They choose their battles wisely; they don’t make a big deal about a small thing. They know exactly where they should utilize their time and energy.
They don’t fear failure
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Smart women are not afraid of meeting failures in life rather they love taking challenges.
They don’t view problems as problems but as opportunities to learn new skills and grow themselves.
They don’t run away from their problems rather face them and bring a solution to their problems.
They take care of their personal needs
Another habit of successful women is they take care of their personal needs, even before they care of others needs.
They are smart enough to realize that they can’t take care of others needs when they are neglecting their own.
Hence they make sure they eat clean, have a healthy diet and exercise daily. They realize the importance of sticking to a disciplined lifestyle to achieve success.
They are consistent
Successful women are consistent. They don’t change their action plan neither do they switch from one idea to another. They take their time making a decision and once the decision is finalized they stick to it.
They read a lot
They read anything and everything. They make reading a major part of their lifestyle. While they read for pleasure too but they are particularly interested in biographies or autobiographies of other successful people to keep them inspired and motivated.
They read as a means to gain knowledge and insights on different subjects. They read to learn different business strategies, and for self-improvement. These are the women who carry books inside their bag instead of a makeup kit.
They get enough sleep and rise early
Success can’t be achieved with a laid back attitude. Smart women make sure they go early to bed so that they start early in the morning. They realize how getting 9 hours sleep is important for their brain to function properly. A person who is deprived of sleep would be grumpy and won’t be able to focus on anything.
They reflect on their day
Smart women make reflection their daily habit in order to improve themselves. Every night before going to bed they reflect on their day activities. They ponder over what went wrong and why. Having a quiet time to one self not only makes reflection a daily learning habit but it also helps in stress reduction.
Smart women don’t let success get to their head. They stay humble at all times.
“As a leader, I am tough on myself and I raise the standard for everybody; however, I am very caring because I want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be me in the future.” – Indra Nooyi (CEO of PepsiCo)
They practice gratitude
Every successful woman makes a conscious effort to practice gratitude to get more out of life, to be happy and be content.
Success can’t be achieved without gratitude and vice versa. Successful women begin each of their days feeling grateful and find their life filled with wonderful gifts. They know the more the person practices gratefulness the more the life will bless them.
They never regret anything
Successful women are not too fond of staying in past memories. They never regret doing anything in life. They go by the rule “if it’s good it’s wonderful if it’s bad it’s experience.”
They remain calm and positive
Everyone is prone to mistakes and everyone’s life is filled with failures. However smart women despite their failures in life remain calm and positive.
The 90% of successful women are skilled at managing their emotions in times of chaos and stress. They don’t panic; they remain calm to be in better control of a situation.
They don’t let petty issues disturb their mental peace or make them act on an impulse. Before reacting to any situation they practice “Pause”, take deep breaths, and calm themselves up.
They replace their negative thoughts with positive ones. Positive thoughts help to divert their brain’s attention to something that’s stress free.
According to a research intermittent stressful events are what keep the brain more alert, and a person performs better when he/she is alert. Hence, they disconnect themselves from stressful situations.
About the Author:
Saima Masood, is a passionate writer, blogger, day dreamer + coffee lover. Her live basically revolves around two things —food and writing. She, currently blogs at Living She, a blog that’s specifically dedicated to WOMEN. Humor is her middle name; badass is what people call her. Food is one that can instantly turn her on.