Whether we consider ourselves successful or not—good habits will allow us to reach our goals and help us set a foundation for becoming highly successful women.
To me, being successful is a lifestyle. It’s not one thing, but a series of practices, disciplines, habits and generally the way we live our lives on a daily basis that will lead us to success.
I believe successful people practice a lifestyle and cultivate a mindset that enables them to achieve their goals.
Whether it’s mapping out their educational pursuits in order to earn degrees, seeking out mentors to help with career guidance, attending networking events to make the right connections, or studying tutorials and how-to manuals in order to enrich their business acumen, highly successful people develop a mindset of practicing habits that benefit them in life and business.
There are certain habits lead us to become successful. While there are others that do not. Here are 6 habits of highly successful women.
1. They Have Early Mornings
According to Mattie James, a professional blogger and one of my favourite lifestyle entrepreneurs, “one of the biggest secrets to getting things done is waking up early.” She finds that by getting up early, she’s more productive.
She toots that you can maximize your time and get more things done by training yourself to become a morning person. It’s one habit that can help you have a more positive and productive day.
2. They’re Big Into Goal Setting
Goal setting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future, and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of this future into reality. The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in business and in life.
In an Inc article, the writer cites that “people who create goals for themselves are more successful.”
If you’re going to succeed at anything, you have to want it. But goal setting is much more than simply saying you want something to happen—at least it is for those who are highly successful.
Sometime last year, my good friend and colleague Pauleanna Reid sent our her monthly newsletter. Pauleanna is an accomplished author, motivational speaker and personal branding expert.
In this particular newsletter, Pauleanna shared her 2017 goal of becoming a Forbes contributor. A goal she had been working towards for several months. In August 2017, Forbes published her first article as a regular Contributing writer.
Highly successful people create clear and well defined goals. Their goals shape the direction they want their life and career to take. Their goals are precise, often including dates, amounts or even dollar figures.
3. They Batch Tasks
Women who are highly successful are often juggling a bunch of different things all at once. We love working, we love running our businesses, but we also love taking care of our families and being there for our friends.
We’re not living life unless we are multi-tasking 10 things at once.
For highly successful women though, they create habits that help them thrive under this “having it all” mindset.
But it’s hard to make this work unless you have some kind of system in place to manage all the things.
The concept of batching tasks is fairly simple: you group similar to-do’s and activities together and set aside time to get them all done at once.
As an example given by Fast Company: “You don’t do laundry every time you throw a shirt into the hamper—you wait till you’ve got a full load to run. That’s task batching.”
The article goes on to explain: “The goal of task batching is to give yourself as much uninterrupted time to do your core work as possible in between meetings, phone calls, and email.”
Mondays to Wednesdays are power work days. On Thursdays and Fridays, I work on my blog. Fridays are also set aside for all client status updates and admin. Saturdays are for planning my social media for the upcoming week. Sundays should be off days.
4. They Manage Their Emotions
It’s been well-documented that in order to become a highly successful woman, it’s important to possess a strong mindset.
According to an article in Lifehack, the difference between making lemonade out of lemons and not being able to mange our emotions is all in how we think.
The article explains: “Mentally strong people don’t let their emotions control them. They have the ability to step outside themselves and put their logical side in the driver’s seat, while keeping the emotional part of themselves on the passenger’s side.”
Michelle Obama had one of the highest popularity ratings as First Lady. But as America’s first black First Lady, I can’t imagine that there was never a time when she didn’t feel beaten down.
The former First Lady of the U.S. endured repeated racism while in the White House. At a recent speaking engagement in Denver, she referred to an incident where she was called an “ape in heels”.
But the former First Lady also said this: “The people in this country are universally good and kind and honest and decent,” she told the audience. “Don’t be afraid of the country you live in. The folks here are good.”
5. They Surround Themselves with Smart People
Years ago when I was still early in my marketing career, I overheard a senior executive colleague talk about the strategy she was using for hiring a junior role that was open on her team.
She didn’t want to hire someone who was too ambitious or smarter than her. This executive’s feeling was—they’d want to take her job in 6 or 8 months.
This always stayed with me. My thinking has always been, “what wouldn’t you want to hire someone smarter than you?”
Highly effective entrepreneurs surround themselves with people who can provide something that they themselves can’t—be it, a particular area of expertise, thought-leadership, strategic thinking, management style, or passion.
6. They are Disciplined
In a 2012 article in The New York Times about tennis superstars, Venus and Serena Williams, their sister Isha tells the writer: “Life was get up, 6 o’clock in the morning, go to the tennis court, before school. After school, go to tennis. But it was consistency…. You can’t just be sometimey with it.”
Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control. They wake up early, check their calendars, head to the gym and eat for fuel. In fact, they can be addicted to getting things done.
Highly successful women consistently do what they need to do, no matter how crummy they are feeling on a given day. They are committed to actively creating their own best life.
Success means different things to different people. For some of us, it means having lots of money. For others, it may be surrounding ourselves with family.
Whatever you’re definition of success, examine your day-to-day living, how you get things done and how you think about things.
Whether we consider ourselves successful or not—our habits can become such a part of our routine that they become who we are. Good habits will allow us to reach our goals and help us set a foundation for becoming highly successful women.
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