9 Essential Habits of Highly Successful Women

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We all want to be successful, right! I mean, how each one of us defines success might be different, but however you define it, having success is the ultimate goal.  

There are many successful women out there.  Successful parents, successful spouses, successful business women, successful entrepreneurs, and there are even some that are able to find success in multiple important aspects of life.

While we don’t want to become a carbon copy of these women, we can definitely study their habits in order to help us find our own success.  By adapting the things that these women do to our own lives, we can find the success we long for.

The following are the habits of women who have found success in their life as a whole, not just one particular aspect.  These are women who are able to be great moms and great at work whether that’s as an entrepreneur or an employee.

While it is not the goal to become a carbon copy of other successful women, we can definitely study their habits in order to help us find our own success. Check out the habits of women who have found success in their life as a whole, not just one particular aspect.

“Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”

~ Lemony Snicket

Successful women make it a priority to get up early and be on time. They don't snooze; they get up with purpose.

For many women, early morning is the only time they really have for themselves before work and the kids start fighting for their time and attention. It’s a time when they can meditate, exercise, plan their day, and get work done.

Successful women know the value of time and the value of getting some solid work and self care in before they get bombarded with outside demands.


“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

~ Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Successful women know the value of exercise.  They know that they feel their best when their body is healthy.

Exercise provides so many benefits to the human mind and body.  Exercising in the morning can give you the energy you need to get through the day. Not only that, exercise can reduce stress, clear the mind, and make you more efficient. They value exercise so much that they usually do it in the morning, so nothing can get in their way.


“If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.”

~ Mark Twain

If you haven't read Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy then you need to go pick it up. It's a quick read, but transformative.

The basic idea here is to do your hardest and most important task of the day first. Then no matter what happens the rest of the day, the toughest thing is done.  That’s one thing you can already check off your list.

It also motivates you to get the rest of your to dos done. You think "Well if I already did that hard thing, then I can definitely do this much easier thing."

Habits of Successful Women


“Rename your “To-Do” list to your “Opportunities” list. Each day is a treasure chest filled with limitless opportunities; take joy in checking many off your list.”

~ Steve Maraboli

Having a to do list is so important. With so much on our plates, we can’t waste mental energy trying to remember every single thing we need to do. Having a to do list frees up brain space to think and do other things.

I have written about it so many times because it’s that important. Most useful is my post on how to create a list that is effective and motivating.

Just as important as creating a to do list is to follow it. Pick you top 3 must dos and that’s your to do list for the day.  Everything on top of that is gravy.


“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”

~ Amy Collette

Successful women reflect daily on the good and the bad. They are conscious of their actions and decisions and they want to learn from them.

Successful women don't just wander through life. They practice gratitude. They are thankful for where they are as they strive for where they want to go.  

They also make an effort to learn from their mistakes and make changes based on experience. They look at the good and the bad and determine what they should keep doing and what they should stop.


“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

~ Bill Copeland

They key here is the second part. Many people set goals and then wait for them to happen. They do the same thing they have always done waiting for miraculous results.  

Successful women, set goals and then create step by step plans to achieve them. They don't wait, they work.

Coming up with a plan to achieve your goal can be intimidating.  In many cases it’s easiest to work backwards from your goal. Start with your end goal and then slowly figure out what comes right before that for each step on the journey.

For more on creating a plan to achieve your goals, check out this post.

Habits of Successful Women


“Never apologize for asking for what you need, if you don’t ask - the answer will always be no.”

~ Rachel Wolchin

Successful women are self aware. They know that they can't do it all, or even if they could, it wouldn't be the best use of their time.

They know that burnout is real and they don’t want to go there. Asking for help doesn’t mean you aren’t good enough or you aren’t trying hard enough.  It definitely doesn’t mean you are a failure. No successful person does it all by themselves and if they say they do, then they are lying or they are failing in some area of life.

Successful women ask for help when they need it. They seek out experts in areas they are unsure of so that the greatest success is possible. They are willing to pay for people to do the tasks that are repetitive, or take up too much time, or that they just don’t want to do so that they can concentrate on the things only they can do.


“Track your small wins to motivate big accomplishments.”

~ Teresa Amabile

Successful women don't wait to get to the top of the mountain to celebrate; they celebrate the little victories along the way.

They know that the path to success can be long and each little victory along the way is worth celebrating. This helps motivate them to continue the journey.

Mark road marks on your journey towards your big goal and celebrate the wins along the way. There are always new goals to set and new things to achieve. It’s important to enjoy the journey just as much as you enjoy the destination.


“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

~ Jean Shinoda Bolen

Successful women know that they can't do their best without being their best.  They make time to care for themselves, mind, body, and soul.

The best way to help others is to be in a good place yourself. That is when you can think best, be the most compassionate, and feel the strongest.

This means doing things like caring for your body with healthy food and nutrition, getting enough sleep, making time to enjoy the company of friends and family, and doing the things that make you feel joy.

Do you practice these habits? Are there any that you feel you need to add to your repertoire? Let us know in the comments.