15 traits of wildly successful women
In my life I’ve had the opportunity to watch a lot of successful women do their thing. From the sidelines I could witness their journey to success unfold. As a writer and coach, I’ve had the honor of interviewing some great women and I’ve noticed there are some similar trends they each share… traits that are common among them all.
Let’s take a peek….
1. Strengths are foundational
Women who are successful know what their strengths are and aren’t afraid to capitalize on them. This doesn’t mean they avoid working on their weaknesses, it means they know how to run in the lane that is meant for them. They do what they are good at and they don’t apologize for it. Now… this doesn’t mean they don’t have hard days and tough goes at it, but they keep on going.
2. Goals are the set & met
Success means more than just dreaming about success or goals, it is setting a plan in place to make it happen. We all want to do something great, but not many of us get busy making it come about. Successful women don’t get stuck in dreamland. They know how to enter the goal race and how to cross the finish line.
3. Positive vibes are in the forecast
Successful women know how to deal with disappointment in a way that keeps them from getting down and staying down. They know the future will be bright for them. The keep themselves fed with good stuff so that they don’t starve on negative junk.
4. Organization = efficiency and effectiveness
Organization doesn’t have to mean OCD or unable to be flexible. However, organization does mean that things have a place, life has a plan and days are built with a purpose. When you are striving for success, chaos and clutter slows you down and bogs down your effectiveness. Keep moving without the weight of it all - get organized.
5. School is always in session
Successful women know they need to keep learning and growing. They are continuously working to improve and better themselves but tapping into powerful mentors and super coaches. They read, study and mentally feast on materials that bring enlightenment to their life, not mindlessly entertain them.
6. Support and encouragement is abundant
Support and encouragement is key to success. Why? Because we need those cheerleaders to keep us motivated and inspired to keep running the race. You don’t need support in masses, but you do need a massive amount of support in the few that want to see you succeed.
7. Failure isn’t frightening
Successful women got that way because they took a leap and risked a bit of failure. In fact, they’ve learned that success isn’t possible without a little bit of failure along the way. It’s how we learn, it’s how we grow, it’s how we mature and gain perspective. Failure shouldn’t be frightening and the end-all to what we want to achieve. It’s a part of the journey.
8. Gratitude is the best attitude
These women give credit to those who’ve helped them along the way. They are grateful for what they have. They don’t take their current position for granted.
9. Persistence pays off
Nobody got to where they are now without working hard and staying persistent during the tough times. This might be obvious, but it’s a lot easier to say than to do. When you apply consistent effort, you will get the greatest reward. A diamond is formed by short-term pressure. It’s the long, over-time type of pressure the creates the beauty.
10. Small stuff means very little
We’ve all heard the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” We liken it to stressing out over things that don’t matter. However, successful people are good at separating the valuable from the worthless. The “small stuff” isn’t just things that might stress them out, they also avoid small things that distract them and pull their focus. That may mean letting somethings go or being OK with things not being perfect.
11. Battle plans are crafted carefully
Successful women don’t make a big deal about every little thing. But if there’s a real problem, you can be sure that it will be swiftly solved. They don’t get caught in indecision but make solid plans and execute them. Sure, there’s bound to be a time when the plans weren’t executed perfectly, but again… successful folks know how to keep going forward and not letting past mistakes hang them up.
12. The heart is in the matter
This is crucial. Successful people invest their heart and soul into what they believe in and what they do. The belief in the purpose of their work is the fuel behind years of hard work and dedication. There is more to the investment than getting a financial gain, they are invested in the promise of creating something, giving something back, providing a service and so on.
13. Confidence is the best fragrance
Successful women believe in themselves. It’s a beautiful thing and it looks good on them. Confidence breeds confidence so it’s no wonder that confident women typically attract other confident women.
14. The future is bright
Successful women are working toward a future that is bright and hopeful. They are goal oriented and believe they have what it takes to reach those goals. It’s that hopeful, optimistic viewpoint that gives them motivation and fuel to stay charged for the fight. They are in tune with their vision and know what they are working for and why.
15. ‘Done’ is not in the vocab
There’s always more, always better, always further to reach. These women are seemingly tireless, ultimately devoted and constantly curious.
The moral of this story for me, when listening and learning from these women, is that they are just like you and me. They were not born with silver spoons in their mouths. True, they’re intelligent and focused. But they don’t have superpowers; they have determination, vision and purpose.
We can be that! We can do that!