What makes a successful woman? There are so many women that I take inspiration from – Oprah, Beyonce, Victoria Beckham. But I’m always fascinated to find out what habits they share. What are the daily habits and rituals they practice – does this make them more successful? Everyone has a different approach to success, but I’ve found that these are a few habits that successful women often share:
1. Practice Gratitude:
Over the years, Oprah has been a huge advocate for the power of gratitude, and she’s one of the reasons I started a gratitude journal. A successful woman understands that gratitude is a powerful technique that allows us to change our vibration. It’s easy to get ahead of ourselves and worry about the future, but gratitude is a great way to gain a new perspective and ground ourselves to the present.
“I got so focused on the difficulty of the climb that I lost sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb”.
2. Wake Up Early:
“The early bird catches the worm”.
I’ve read several articles about celebrities and successful businesswomen who wake up at ungodly hours in the name of success. If you’re willing to wake up at 4:30 am and start the day then more power to you. But the key is to find what works for you, and successful women know this. Setting your alarm a little earlier each morning gives you plenty of time to breeze through your morning without feeling rushed. Take some time to work out or cook a healthy breakfast. Add a few self-care practices to your morning routine to spruce up your day and leave you feeling relaxed. If you choose to add this habit to your daily routine, you’ll be waking up with celebrities like Gweneth Paltrow and Lupita Nyong’o.
3. Practice Mindfulness:
Practising mindfulness is a great way to bring your awareness to the present, allowing you to function much better within the moment. Victoria Beckham has been known to practice mindfulness and carries a crystal to help her practice gratitude and bring her back to the present moment, keeping her on top of her game. “When you slow down, the world slows down with you”- and who wouldn’t want to take a minute to enjoy the moment. If you’re like me and love crystals, add a Citrine crystal to your desk, as it’s said to be the crystal of success and power.
4. Read And Learn More:
The successful woman is always learning and evolving. Whether you choose to pick up a book or listen to a podcast, taking the time to gain knowledge on something you didn’t know before is a great way to push and better yourself. Learn a new language or spend time reading a thought-provoking book, stay informed and always do the work to continually educate yourself.
“Nothing will work unless you do” – Maya Angelou.
5. Keep Lists And Goals:
Journaling is wonderfully therapeutic. It’s a great way to express yourself and your dreams, and it seems the Duchess of Sussex agrees. Meghan Markle is said to love jotting down her favourite recipes, dreams and all the things she’s grateful for in her journal. She’s even said to have given her sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, a dream journal. Journalling is a great way to keep lists, record memories or to express yourself. Along with plenty of lists, my journal is a great place to store my goals. As part of my daily practice, I think it’s important to view my goals and write them down again. This helps remind me what I’m working towards.
6. Seek Discomfort:
Along with facing their fears, successful women are not afraid to step outside their comfort zone; after all, isn’t that where the magic happens? We’ve been taught to avoid risks at all costs and to choose the safest options, but where does that leave us? Dissatisfied with life and woefully unfulfilled. It’s only until we seek discomfort and push ourselves, swallowing our doubts and fears, that we’ll be able to enjoy all that life has to offer us – including success.
7. Surround Yourself With Thinkers & Do-ers:
Successful women know the power of people. Spending time with the wrong people tend to hold us back. Instead, find like-minded people who will encourage you and inspire you to do and be better. Joining a meetup group dedicated to your chosen career field (for example, mine is writing) and talking about the challenges you all face, this is a great way to meet people and gain insight.
8. Stop Comparing Yourself To Others:
I often find myself scrolling through Instagram and comparing myself to the beautiful and well-accomplished women I see. It’s a slippery slope that leads to a dent in my self-confidence, which is not always fun. Successful women understand that comparing your weaknesses to the strengths of those around you will never make you feel good. Rather spend time focusing on your journey and where you would like it to lead. Life can sometimes feel like a competition, but try not to make it one. Break the habit of comparing yourself to others by becoming more aware of what you’re thinking. Bring your attention to the thought, acknowledge it, feel bad, and then gently move on.
9. Practice Self-Care:
Successful women understand the importance of taking care of themselves. You cannot run a successful enterprise if you’re burnt out and have nothing more to give. Practice self-care through meditation, journaling, yoga, or anything that your heart desires. Daily self-care practices are a great way to stay motivated and enjoy the journey.
Related: The Broke Girl’s Guide To Self Care
10. They’re Not Afraid To Fail:
We live in fear of choosing our dreams because we’re afraid to throw our heart over the bar and jump. Maybe we’re afraid to take the risk because we might fail. There’s no pleasure in hitting rock bottom and having to dust yourself off again; it’s a difficult task that leaves us having to face that colossal mountain again. Successful women understand that there is no success without failure.
There is no failure as long as you learn from your experience, continue to work, and continue to press on for success.Maya Angelou