Habits of Successful Women

As a woman aiming to be successful in life, it helps to have examples and to learn the habits of successful women.

What makes some women so phenomenally successful? Think about any successful and influential women you know. What sets them apart? I will tell you a secret. It is their habits.

Successful women have certain key habits that fuel their success. And implementing these habits in your own life will transform your life making you a successful woman in your own right.

Habits make or break us.

As the amazing motivational speaker, Og Mandino stated,” We are all slaves to our habits. First, we build our habits, and after that our habits build us.” Read  Og Mandino’s book, “ The Greatest Salesman in The World to garner his life-changing wisdom.

It is a great book whose principles apply to life and not just sales.

And just as habits determine success, they also determine failure.

The secret is choosing and keeping the right habits. I bet if you could ask any successful woman such as Oprah Winfrey or Michelle Obama you would find out that they have certain positive habits that are the key to their well-known success.

Now apart from those iconic women, there are so many other successful women you likely already know.

But if you need new examples of successful women, you can find them in so many industries.

Just scroll through Instagram. Here for example is a list of 10  amazing real estate influencers you may want to know and learn from.

So what are these women and many like them doing that brings about all this success?

Let’s find out.

I have been poking around and analyzing the characteristics of highly successful women, and I have found that successful people and specifically successful women have certain defining habits.


Let’s take a look at the best habits of successful women.

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Successful  Women Are Self-Aware

Successful women are self-aware.  They are in tune with the inner workings of their minds, their strengths, and their weaknesses.  They know what they are capable of.

They know the areas they need to improve on. They are quick to realize when it is time to hire out so they do not waste time struggling with things that they are not good at and likely can’t do.

They Know when it makes sense to have someone do those things it just makes more sense to have someone else do for them.

They know when the situation is more than they can handle, so they ask for help.

And also being self-aware they use their strength to their advantage while putting in place ways to overcome their weaknesses or minimize their effects.

Successful women are careful to surround themselves with the right people.

They cut loose those that are toxic or weigh them down. They know the personalities to stay clear of.

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Success Women Have Goals

Success requires goals. How else would you know what you are working towards? Successful women set SMART goals that drive well-thought-out actions.

Without goals, it’s like beating about the bush, being lost in a thicket, a maze, or a forest.

Goals are a guide that helps you keep your mind trained so that you know how you will achieve that goal.

Otherwise, you have this amorphous thing that is unwieldy and gets you running around in circles.

Successful women lay out clear action plans that lead to specific goals and their vision.

So learn how to set SMART goals.  Successful women have both small goals and big goals that guide their success.

You can learn how to set SMART goals here.

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Related: 11 Simple Good Habits for a Happier Life

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Successful Women Write Things Down

Writing things down is an extremely important habit especially when it comes to goals and the most important reminders.

Think for example how many times you go to the store without your list and you come home with a basket full of things you didn’t mean to buy?

But you forgot the one thing you were going to buy. Okay, maybe  I am the only one. 

Goals and plans need to be written down and placed where you can see them daily.

Write the plans and your priorities for the next day down. Writing a to-do list is a good way to keep yourself accountable.

I find that when I write a daily to-do list the day before I am more likely to accomplish what I wrote down.

The key is making sure your list is not a mile long.

Successful women know that writing their intentions down is important.

They take their intentions seriously and when they write their intentions down, those goals, plans, or priorities get accomplished.

Start writing your to-do list every night. Plan out your week in writing on Sunday. Lay down your plans in writing, and you will find you will start to accomplish more.


They Take Risks

Now you know that success may require that you go way out of your comfort zone. Not being afraid to take educated risks is a crucial habit of successful women.

And successful women are not afraid of getting themselves out of their comfort zone.

Admittedly, some apprehension may be there, but they know how important it is to leave their comfort zone, so they forge ahead and overcome those fears.

The drive to succeed wins over fear.

Yes, success is not always comfortable. Or at least the process is not always comfortable. Sometimes when you have those  BIG SCARY HAIRY GOALS  they call for leaving the comfort of what’s familiar.

Successful women set some goals that scare them. But they are determined.

So they go after scary but smart goals. They take risks. They don’t let people tell them that perhaps they are a bit crazy to think they can do that big thing they want to do.

So don’t be afraid to think big and go after big dreams.

Successful people step out of mediocrity.

They abandon their comfort zone.

They take the plunge. And most often, they succeed.

Life, as you know, is not static.

Always changing. So a successful woman learns to keep on reinventing herself and pushing the boundaries.

Related:  How to find yourself when you feel stuck and lost in life

I would recommend reading these two amazing books that show the power of taking risks. The first is this inspiring book by Cheryl Strayed-

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail 

And the second one is

Educated: A Memoir by  Tara Westover 

They Wake Up Early

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Successful women are early risers.

If you have ever woken up early, before the rest of the household stirs, indeed before the rest of the world does, there is a sense of great tranquility in the air.

Everything is still and peaceful and in that peace, you are close to your innermost self. Your brain is sharpest.  It is easy to produce your best work then and it is easy to find true inspiration.

Your mind is also fresh and uncluttered with all the other chaos that can get introduced as the day wears on.

Not to mention if you are a mama, the kiddos are asleep and you get to do your best work uninterrupted.

So go to bed early, so you wake up early enough for this tranquil time that is the best part of the day.

This is also a good time to write in your journal, to practice your daily affirmations that will fortify you and act as a driving force and sustenance as the day goes on.

A  successful woman starts her day early, taking care of the most important items on her list when she is at her best.

Are you ready to become a morning person? Here is a post with tips on how to wake up at 5 a.m. without feeling tired. 

They Keep Distractions To A Minimum

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We are living in one of the most distracting times in human history. While technology has opened up the world of communication, distractions have also become part of our daily lives.

If you work online, you are likely to have even more distractions.

Successful women know that in order to get to their goals they must limit distractions. So successful women close those excessive browsers.

They turn off notifications on their devices and keep their focus on the work that needs to be done.

And while it is not easy to curb the urge to check your social media, your productivity depends on keeping distractions to a minimum.

The urge to check Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is great.

We tend to want to know what’s happening out there at all times.

Sadly though, one can browse mindlessly for hours instead of focusing on the work that will change that bottom line.

Successful women block out time for various tasks. They don’t get sucked into the rabbit hole of endless social media scrolling.

When you block time for various tasks, you are able to give every task your undivided attention.

Juggling is mentally exhausting, and not much is done when your attention is all over the place.

They  Are Driven

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Successful women are driven to succeed. They know good things usually don’t come free.

You may not always have to pay with cash, check, or card. but you always have to put the work in. So they do.

Successful women know that if they procrastinate they cannot accomplish what they need to get to the next step, to achieve those goals.

So if you envision success, be real with yourself and know that, especially in the beginning, you will need to put in loads of work.

Be driven to be a successful woman.

They Take Time To Reboot

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Successful women know that it is important to step away from work sometimes and take time for self love and self-care.

The body and the mind must rest at some point.  Successful women know the key to success is making sure to put some time aside to step away and practice some self-care.

They schedule a time to do little or big things that fill their soul.

Take care of yourself. Take breaks. Go to the movies. Sit under a tree and read a book.

Okay, of course, you can read anywhere you want. Schedule time for quality time with friends and loved ones.

Practice yoga and mindfulness. Taking time to care for yourself gives you renewed energy to come back to work with more focus and energy. Successful women know the value of self-care.

They take time to play, as they take time to work.

It is all in the balance.

Related: Amazingly Simple Self-Care Ideas for Moms to Improve Mental Health

They Plan And  Prioritize

The most successful women do not do things willy-nilly. Successful women, plan and prioritize. As the old adage goes, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

And as such, they wake up every day knowing what is on the day’s to-do list.

Successful women have systems in place that help them to prioritize important tasks. They may use a system, in which they take care of tasks that have a great ROI, or tasks that are urgent and need to be taken care of.

They don’t let important things pass through the cracks of busyness.

Successful women know how to handle those frogs.

In other words, they eat their frog. They don’t keep circling on that difficult thing. They meet difficult situations head-on but candidly.

Successful women also know the importance of time management. They know you can’t just squander time on nonessential tasks and that is why they prioritize what matters most to their bottom line.


They avoid procrastination. 

This is one of the most important habits of successful women. Procrastination is the true enemy of success.

Face their tasks head-on and get things done. They take care of tasks or situations that are big, and hairy first, because they know taking care of your most difficult tasks first thing is a great way to boost productivity and a sense of purpose.

And when those big hairy things are out of the way, they will have better clarity, and even renewed energy for lesser tasks.

Boss ladies tackle the highest priority of the day first and avoid procrastination.  In other words, they eat their frog and that really boosts motivation for more success throughout the day.

Here is a great book about the concept of eating your frog. It is called Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done

They Are Always Learning

Successful women never stop learning and know that learning a new skill is an important part of being successful.

Successful people know that in order to progress, they must invest time and resources into learning new things and their own personal growth.
They know that learning is a lifetime thing and is necessary for success. A successful woman takes personal development seriously and strives to be the best version of herself through self-improvement courses, and reading. She stays informed and reads self-development books for new insights.

See this list of my favorite books on self-improvement and personal growth. 

Successful women have a daily routine

Successful women keep a daily routine. Having a set routine allows you to move seamlessly through your day following a set pattern.

That helps you boost productivity and keeps you calm throughout the day.

While stress is inevitable, successful women have systems in place in their daily routines to minimize stress.

Successwomen keep a nighttime routine. Having a calm routine at the end of the day is an essential part of self-care and balance.

To wake up early in the morning requires good rest.

And a calm night routine improves your night’s rest.  Successful women know how important it is to have a mindful routine at night after a long day of work.

This improves the night’s rest and the next day’s productivity.

Successful women keep a productive morning routine.

Every successful woman knows that a calm mindful and productive morning routine has a positive impact and sets the tone of the rest of the day. So having a mindful morning routine is an essential habit of successful women.

Dont miss:11 best Morning Habits of High Performers 


Successful women prioritize their health

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Your health is important and the best way to stay healthy is to practice a healthy lifestyle.

 The lifestyle of a successful woman includes nourishing her body and mind with healthy food.

Successful women take care of their physical health as well as their mental health.

You cannot run on empty. They nourish their bodies with nutritious food.

What good is a success if you are too sick to enjoy it? And how can you be a go-getter when your body feels tired and sluggish due to filling it with foods that are just not good for you?

Related: How to stay energetic throughout the day

To be ready to go and get to your goals each and every day requires good health.

If you eat and fill yourself up with the right nutrients, you will have more energy and better focus.

It is indeed one key to success, and successful women, make sure they fuel their bodies, and their minds the right way- with the right nutrition.

They Avoid Unhealthy Comparison

A healthy comparison is necessary where you learn how another person is achieving success and why you are not succeeding. Then you can learn what works.

Successful women avoid toxic comparisons that are tinged with envy and jealousy. Those types of comparisons only produce negative emotions and are not helpful. Instead, they learn what they need to do to get the results they need.

They know that it takes hard work behind the scenes to see success and work toward that instead of wasting energy and feeling jealous of others.

You have I am sure heard that you cannot compare apples and oranges.

Don’t waste time comparing and feeling sorry for yourself because you will waste vital energy and you can get discouraged. And dont compare your middle with someone’s obvious success. Success is like an iceberg. We only see the tip of it but fail the shear amount of work, tears, and sweat that has produced the obvious success.

So successful women, know this. And instead of such comparisons, and indulging in such negative thoughts they use strategy.

They study those who are more successful and they learn from them.


Successful Women prioritize sleep

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Resting is a key habit of successful women.

Burning the midnight candle is not the way to get ahead.

Successful women know how important sleep is and ensure they get enough sleep.

Being sleep-deprived is hard for your productivity. You cannot be your best self and do your best work when going through the day feeling like a zombie.

There is a time for everything. Give yourself a cut-off point, when you decide no more work. Start a  nighttime routine to cue your mind that you are preparing to go to sleep.

Making sure you are sleeping enough rejuvenates the body and mind. You feel on top of the world and you have so much energy to crash through those goals you have.

Work towards your success by getting enough sleep. This is one important characteristic of successful women.

If you struggle with sleep, read more about how to sleep better at night in this complete guide about sleep.

Related: How to cope with nighttime anxiety naturally

They are not afraid of failure

No one said success is easy. It is not. Sometimes the most successful people have encountered a massive amount of failure. Think about all those amazing people you have heard of in history.

Those who invented stuff like, I don’t know, the Wright Brothers. They didn’t just make an airplane that just flew off the first time. They failed and failed until they succeeded.

Successful women know that you can’t give up on your dream just because things are not quite yet taking off.

You believe in your dream, in your vision, so you keep working on it improving it, and eventually, you will succeed.

This is where successful woman keep their vision in sight for motivation when things get hard.

When failure hits hard doubts knock them down sometimes. But they get up still, dust themselves, improve their strategy and press on.

Successful women do not fail to define themselves. No, they don’t brand themselves as failures because something they tried did not work. No, they know that is not their identity.

Successful women are masters of positive thinking.

They know that failure is an episode, a moment, or even a season they use to grow.


They Are Not Afraid To Ask For Help

It takes a strong woman to ask for help.  Knowing when you a no longer continue to do it and carry all the weight by yourself is crucial. Sometimes you can only go so far when you are doing it all alone.

Even when your business is in its infancy, you still need to ask for help. Especially then. It is just a different kind of help, because, at that stage, you may need to have someone to show you the way, the ropes, or help you when you get stuck.

So don’t be afraid to ask when you need help.

Someone was where you are, and they know the pain and the way to get you unstuck.

So go on and find a mentor or two. just don’t waste time following all the many teachers on the internet.


They Are Focused

Staying focused on what is important is one of the greatest habits of successful women.

Successful women stay focused on their vision, on their goals, on the tasks task that need to be done to get them from where they are to the next step on their journey.

And you probably don’t need anyone telling you how hard this is.  There are many things that call for our attention on any given day or hour.

Deciding to ignore those things that will not advance your success, is key to your success.

And to succeed, we have to learn to tune out the noise in our very loud world. Listening to all the noise will derail you and slow you down.

Pick the things that matter.

Tune out everything else and focus on those. Successful women are masters at tuning out the excess unnecessary noise that can crowd out their path to success.


They See The Big Picture

The most important thing to do when you want success is to envision that success.

What does that look like for you?  Is it being the master of your day, without heeding the call, of a 9-5? It is for me for sure.  So successful women have a vision. They see what they want and then they implement steps towards it.

They outline the steps needed to get them to that dream they have. And you can do the same.  Create a mental picture of your perfect life. Then outline what is needed to get to that point.

Then start implementing one piece of that puzzle at a time. Do you need financial freedom? What can you do to get to that figure you envision? Anything is possible.

Dream as big as you want. Successful women are not afraid to dream big. They see the big picture, and then they work backward towards it.

Successful women are financially savvy

Successful women have good money habits. They think before they spend. They invest wisely. They pay their bills on time.

They educate themselves about money. There is a whole lot to know to maintain a state of financial stability and to thrive financially.

Learn more about how you can be financially savvy by reading I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Being money-wise will keep you out of financial trouble. And is a great skill that successful women have. Before they make a financial decision, they ensure it’s the right decision by being well-informed about money and investing. Learning about finances and spending money wisely is an important skill to have.


They Are Grateful

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Practicing gratitude is an important part of the daily routine of a successful woman.

Success women know the power of a grateful heart. They practice gratitude and as such, they don’t take anything good in their lives for granted. Start practicing gratitude daily.

Make gratitude a part of your morning routine, and you start to appreciate the good things in your life that you may take for granted.

This makes one a much happier person.

And when you appreciate what you have, and appreciate those around you, it is like you have this magnetic power and you attract good things, success, and more.

Practicing daily gratitude is one of the most important daily habits of successful women.


They keep the right company.

Successful women know the importance of having a strong support system. A good support system is there for you emotionally and are the people you seek out when you need good advice.   Spending time in the right company matters.

So successful women surround themselves with people who are like-minded and who exude positive energy.

They have healthy boundaries as well and dont waste time with negative people.

Successful women seek connections and networking opportunities too. It is in these networking opportunities that ideas can be bounced about, learning can happen, and opportunities for advancement can oftentimes be found.


They Keep Track Of Growth

Keeping track of growth or lack of is important. A successful woman tracks and assesses her progress toward a goal and ensures that things are progressing in the right direction.

By learning what is working and what is not, they know if they met certain goals. They know what to improve, and what needs fine-tuning and perfecting the systems that are working. They know when to resort to the backup plan or change the action plan.

No success is made blindly. Success women, learn, implement, and track.

They Give Back

Giving back is a beautiful thing. This helps you appreciate the true blessings in your life. And the universe sees and listens.  Successful women know the value of giving back. They help those in need.

It may be in monetary form or even in time. They participate in their society or even their world. They help those less fortunate. There is always someone who can use your help.

Final words about habits of successful women

And there you have it! The most important secret of successful women is the habits they keep  Successful women in all walks of life keep these habits. And if you want to succeed in life you too need to adopt the habits that grow success.

It is the small things you do every day that add up and make a life you can be proud of.  The good news is it’s not too late. You too can practice these habits of successful women and build a life you will love.

And now, over to you!

Tell me, which of these habits of successful women do you practice?  I would love to hear how such habits have boosted your success. Which one are you yet to try?

Which one would you like to try or add to this list? Please, share in a comment below.


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