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What are the main habits of highly successful women, whether they’re bloggers, influencers, entrepreneurs, content creators?
Today we’re going to talk about habits for success.
I honestly wish I knew about these habits and I wish I would have practised them years ago when I first started my online business. Because they would have helped me so much.
But it’s never too late to learn, is it? I’m glad I learned these along the way.
A few years ago I was a much more anxious person.
I’m not ashamed to say I had quite a lot of negative thinking, fear of judgement, of what others say or think, and therefore I was not showing up consistently in my business.
I was trying to grow this blog and other platforms, but I was constantly wondering whether I would ever make it, whether it would ever turn into a profitable business.
It was an inner struggle. Between “I really want to make this happen” and “Am I actually good enough for this?”, “Maybe I just can’t do this”.
These habits that I’m about to share with you are the ones that I’ve slowly introduced in my life and have truly changed the game for me.
Fast forward to today.
I now run this blog full time, I have built multiple income streams in my online business and I am able to work from home, be that sofapreneur I’ve always dreamed of being.
I can work around my kid and spend more time with him. And that’s what success looks like to me.
What are good habits for success?
Everyone has a different definition for success. Whatever that may look like to you, these habits will help you get there.
A lot of these habits of highly successful women (or people in general) are so incredibly useful to grow an online business, but they also really help you on a personal level. They make such a difference when it comes to self-development, improving your life and also improving your overall mental health.
This is the reason why I want to share with you 9 habits of highly successful women that you can start implementing in your daily routine, but that will actually improve your life overall as well.
You can watch the video here or keep reading below for all the deets:
9 Habits of Highly Successful Women
1. Being ok with failing
The number one habit for success is to be ok with failing. This is something that successful people are not afraid of.
Failure is a part of life and it is common with whatever sort of thing you start and try to do for the first time, whether that’s a business, a new job or riding a bicycle for the first time.
With anything new that you do for the first time, you are going to experience failures here and there.
It’s just part of the learning process and that’s exactly how you need to look at this.
Everything’s an experiment, it’s all about seeing what works and what doesn’t work. And that’s ok.
If you have days when things don’t seem to be working, it’s so important to keep going regardless. Know that there’s a lesson to be learned from each failure.
That’s one mindset shift that is so important, especially if you’re a starting entrepreneur.
2. Challenging your own thoughts and self reflection
The second habit is challenging your own thoughts and doing some really deep self-reflection. I know this might seem like a lot sometimes and it can be uncomfortable at first.
But it’s so important to realise that the thoughts that you have are not always true. A lot of the time our minds can play tricks on us and sometimes makes you feel like everybody hates you or no one likes you online and other similar negative thoughts.
When if you truly analyse these thoughts, you know they’re not true.
These negative thoughts and self-beliefs can really keep you from progressing.
For example, one thing that a lot of people are actually held back by – and they don’t even realise it – is fear of judgement.
If you’re a content creator online and you feel like every time you create a piece of content you’re taking such a long time to get it right. And you keep doing it over and over again until it’s finally good enough to post.
Then you keep second guessing whether it was a good piece of content or not. That all comes from fear of judgement.
It’s from you overanalyzing things, because you feel like someone might look at it and think it’s not perfect or that they’ll think it’s silly.
The thing is, it’s never going to be perfect, especially when we are our own worst critics.
You really need to focus on getting it done, rather than getting it perfect. Fear of judgement is a big one, but there are so many different negative beliefs and thoughts that we tell ourselves throughout the day without even realising how damaging they can be.
So what can you do instead?
Reflecting on your thoughts throughout the day and catching them as they come into your head is really powerful. When you try to really analyse them and see where they might’ve come from.
Really think: is this actually real or is this just something that comes from you trying to self-sabotage or your mind trying to keep you safe, rather than doing something that’s new for you?
That’s a really powerful one and that’s something that doesn’t happen overnight.
Changing those negative thoughts takes time, but if you practice this every single day a little bit it will change your life.
If you try to kind of catch your mind saying those negative things to yourself, then that’s going to really help you move forward.
3. Immerse yourself more in the niche or things you talk about
The third habit for success is to really immerse yourself in the niche or topics that you talk about.
Whether you have a blog, a YouTube channel or an Instagram – regardless of what you’re doing online, try to really immerse yourself in the niche and the topics that you cover.
What you can do here is read more books on the topic, learn as much as you can, listen to podcasts or watch YouTube videos.
Whatever it may be, this will help you improve your skills and improve your knowledge on the topic.
And that’s going to help you so much to become more of an expert in your niche. A lot of people will say things like “I have no idea what content to create” or “I don’t know what to write about, what YouTube videos to make”.
They think they are just uninspired.
This habit can really help you overcome that.
So if you feel like you’re a bit stuck for ideas, immerse yourself more in that niche, in that topic, and I promise you will get ideas from that.
And this doesn’t mean you’re going to copy anything that you’ve seen or read. You can just take what you’ve learned (strategies, tips, mindset shifts etc.), put them into practice for yourself and then talk about your experience with that.
Your content will always be unique because no one has your own perspective and experience with it.
If you feel stuck, always try to learn more about your topic and that will definitely get you creative.
4. Learn discipline, not motivation
This is a big one. Learn discipline and not motivation.
A lot of us feel like “oh, I’m just not motivated today, so I’m not going to create the content. I’ll just do that tomorrow”. And then tomorrow comes and it happens again and then next thing you know it’s been a month since you posted anything on your platforms.
Waiting for motivation just doesn’t work, because it puts your brain in that decision-making state of “Am I going to create content” or “Am I just going to sit and watch Netflix”.
And if you put your brain in that state of decision-making, you’re just going to lose and go for the easier option, the one that requires the least effort.
That’s what our brain does, it tries to protect us and keeps us safe, it always by default goes with the comfort thing.
If you really want to move your business forward, you obviously know that you need to create more content and show up consistently. What you need is to get disciplined enough to get things done when they need to be done.
If you’re really struggling with this, one thing that’s really helped me is to create a to-do list the day before. I actually create my to-do lists on a Sunday for the entire week.
I do have a monthly plan of every piece of content that I want to create that month. See here how I stay organised in my business.
Then on a Sunday, I usually sit down and make a to-do list for Monday through Friday the next week. I put in all the tasks that I need to get done each day.
And then in the mornings when I wake up, I just look at my to-do list and do it. I don’t do any decision making. I don’t try to negotiate with myself or try to figure out what I should do.
I don’t do any of that, I just get done what’s on my list.
Obviously as much as possible. We are human and life happens. Sometimes you don’t get it all done and that’s fine.
I don’t beat myself up over that.
But my point is: don’t wait for that motivation to kick in. Just get started and do it.
Oftentimes, for example, in the morning I might feel like I’m not really into filming YouTube videos, but once I sit down and start recording I actually get really into it and get in the flow of it. And I get it done whilst also enjoying the process.
So don’t wait for that motivation. Instead, stay disciplined enough to get things done when you need to get them done.
5. Reduce distractions when you work on tasks
The 5th habit is to try your best to reduce distractions when you are doing work or you’re working on any tasks that you really need to focus on. That’s going to help you get things done so much faster and it will make it a much more enjoyable process.
For example, one thing you can do is put your phone in the other room, if it’s one thing that’s really distracting you.
Or what I have done for my phone is I’ve actually turned off notifications for most things like Instagram, YouTube and any social media platform.
Because I found I was constantly checking my phone when it pinged just to see those notifications.
And it’s usually a like on your photo, a comment on your photo, a DM – obviously it’s not something that’s urgent, it’s not something that you really need to reply to quickly. I can just go on the app later and check all of those.
I just disabled all of those notifications.
I did keep texts and calls on, so I can hear those, because sometimes my son’s preschool might call. I just keep those on for important stuff, but for social media and things that are not urgent at all, I’ve got them all turned off.
It’s honestly so helpful with your productivity levels.
If you can do that or if you can put your phone in the other room while you get done the tasks that you’re working on, that will make you so much more productive.
Then maybe at the end of finishing a task, you can reward yourself with a few minutes of scrolling and checking your notifications. It’s all a mind game when it comes to productivity, it really is.
6. Get in the habit of planning and start being organised
The sixth habit is to get in the habit of planning and to really get organised. A lot of people say things like: “I’m just not an organised person”.
But the thing is – and this is something that I actually teach my students in Blogging Secrets and in my programs – being organised is not necessarily a personality trait. It’s not something you’re born with, but rather it’s a skill that you can practice and you can learn.
You can absolutely start getting organised at any point in your business or your life. It’s just about wanting to create those skills and working on them.
Get organised, start small, step by step. Create a monthly plan or a weekly plan, make daily to-do lists. This will help you so much with staying more organised in your business.
Knowing exactly what you need to do every day.
Because if you wake up in the morning and you have on your to-do list something vague like “I’m just going to work on my blog today” or “I’m just going to work on my Instagram today”, you’re less likely to do anything productive.
If you don’t know exactly what that means, what is the specific task that you need to get done, then you’re most likely not going to do anything.
That’s how we procrastinate.
Try your best to get more organised and make sure on your to-do list you always put specific actionable tasks that you need to get done.
Before you know it, you’ll be ending your days and week feeling accomplished and content with how much you got done for your business and how it’s progressing.
7. Find people who expand you
This has actually been quite a big one for me in the past few years. This habit is to find people who expand you and expand your knowledge.
I don’t just mean tips and strategies, I also mean mindset.
It’s really important to speak to people who are where you want to be or a bit closer to where you want to be in your life and your business. Because they obviously have the steps they already took to get there.
Which means you can just follow their path and learn from them. This is so helpful for us entrepreneurs.
I have learned from so many different mentors, coaches, teachers and from every single person I got a bit of a different perspective, sometimes some tips that I haven’t thought of or a mindset shift that I might not have figured out on my own.
That’s a really powerful habit to get into.
And yes, this can look like buying courses or memberships or joining programs of those people, but it can also look like just watching their YouTube videos for free and learn from someone on the topic. It can look like listening to podcasts.
Don’t give yourself the “I don’t have a budget to invest in coaches” excuse, because there is so much free content out there too, which can help you get started until you are ready to invest more in your business.
Find people who inspire you, people you can learn from. Follow them on their platforms and consume their content.
That’s going to really help to expand your knowledge and your mindset as well.
8. Be aware of what your “busy” hustling state looks like
The next habit is to really become aware of what your busy hustling state looks like. The reason why I say this is because oftentimes we feel like we’re busy, we’re doing so many things and we have a long to-do list.
We feel like we get a lot of things done. But if we’re focusing on tasks that don’t really matter that much, then your business is not going to move forward.
And you’re going to feel like you’re working a lot and hustling, but not moving the needle.
For example, if you put on your list to redesign your blog layout for the 5th time in the past month or to change things around on it again, that’s actually a form of procrastination.
Because you’re postponing focusing on the things that really make a difference.
Sometimes we focus on random tasks and put the really important tasks for your online business at the end of the to-do list.
And before you know it, you have done a whole bunch of cleaning tasks around your home, but then you might not actually end up doing any of the blogging or content creation things, because you’ve just been focusing on cleaning or other random tasks.
You really need to prioritise and find what is really important to you and work on those tasks first.
And only then move on to other tasks if you have time for it.
For me, I also try to keep my to-do lists as short as I can, because if I get overwhelmed I’m less likely to get things done.
9. Move your body
This habit is a really simple one, but it honestly helps so much.
Moving your body doesn’t mean you need to be like a workout guru and do workouts all day every day. It just means try to move your body a little bit every single day.
Whether that’s a nice walk, whether that’s a run (I’ve been really enjoying running lately).
You could even do home exercises, just 10 minutes or 15 minutes before you start your day. It doesn’t have to be long.
Or maybe a little stretch, a bit of yoga.
Anything that gets your body moving and gets your mind a bit more quiet is really helpful.
That’s a really good habit to get into and it can actually improve your focus and your creativity when it comes to your work and your online business as well.
Those are the 9 habits of highly successful women that I wanted to share with you today.
Which one of these resonated with you the most?
Which habit are you going to adopt next in your life and business?