1. Setting Goals for Yourself and Abiding by Them
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins
Have you ever gotten into a car without first knowing what the destination is? Likewise, it is prudent to first envision an end goal for yourself, to enable you to plan. The very first step to success is knowing what you want and letting that motivate you to achieve it. A successful woman has confidence in herself and sets objectives for herself to craft an action plan to accomplish them.
2. Waking Up Early
Here are the names of just a few highly successful ladies who start their day early, the former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and actress Jennifer Aniston.
Being a morning person is a habit that all successful people share. It is a habit that increases productivity and makes you much more fruitful throughout the day. The way you start your morning sets the bar for the rest of the day, and every successful woman is cognizant of this and uses the early morning to the best of her advantage. It doesn’t matter if it’s to plan out the rest of the day or to work on projects, know those mornings are a successful woman’s key for getting so much more out of her day.
3. Working out and Staying Healthy
In case you were wondering what exactly these successful women mentioned earlier set out to do, first thing in the morning. Well in an interview, Michelle Obama stated that she “usually gets to the gym before [Barack] does. But he is usually there either in the middle of my workout or right at the end,” she relates of their side-by-side workout sessions. Whilst many successful women like Jennifer Aniston wake up early to meditate.
Working and meditation have a multitude of proven physical and mental health benefits, such as reducing stress, increasing one’s attention span, controlling anxiety, promoting emotional health and so much more. So it’s important to realise that success isn’t just about the grind it involves actively caring for yourself.
4. Minimize your Distractions
Here’s a lesson straight from one of my heroes, literary legend, Maya Angelou. To get her creative juices flowing, Maya Angelou was known to wake up at about 5:30 in the morning, rent a hotel room where she would retire to write, despite owning a reasonably large house. Angelou kept to herself because she needed to hear herself think when she was writing. “You have to get to a very quiet place inside yourself,” she mentioned in an interview.
Even if solitude isn’t for you or not possible, minimizing your distractions will serve you well. A common habit of successful women is to make tough decisions, to make sacrifices; often it means saying no to watching six hours of the new romance series on Netflix! Focus is necessary to drive your actions through.
5. Knowing when to Take a Break
While work should be high up on your priority list, it is also important that you make sure you don’t burn yourself out. Every successful woman realizes that there’s a time for giving her hardest to work, but it is also equally important to take some time for your wellbeing and self-care. She understands that while work is her goal, it’s not everything and that it’s perfectly fine to take some timeout to relax and spend time with friends and family.
The key to being a successful woman is balance, too often we try to be everything to everyone, and once in a while you need to take off the hats you wear and simply rest and recharge.