5 Amazing Habits of Highly Successful Women

by Sheri

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Do You Consider Yourself A Successful Woman? Here’s Why You Should

We are all blessed with different characteristics that make us who we are. Within all of us are the traits that make us strong and amazing. So what are the habits of highly successful women that make them stand out a little more than others?

It starts off with what your definition of success is. Some may say being successful means you have a nice car, big house, branded bags, a walk-in closet full of clothes and can travel the globe by private plane or cruise on a yacht. Others say a healthy home, wonderful children, a happy marriage and a good job defines success. So how do you go about finding out what the habits of highly successful women are?

My definition of success will differ from yours. Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose which comprises many things.

We might agree though that there are common traits or habits of highly successful women. Women we look up to, strive to be like.

Although I am a work in progress, I like to see myself as someone who possesses the following five habits of highly successful women. None of us is perfect and never will be. I am still growing and learning; so are you right?

Do you see any or all of these traits in yourself? Keep reading and let’s see.


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5 Habits Successful Women Have & How to Adopt Them Yourself


Habit #1 – Highly Successful Women Have A Big Heart

One of the habits of successful women is having a big heart. Successful women give back to people and do so willingly. They lift people up because they know they can rise to the top without pushing others down to get there.

I love seeing women supporting each other. Too often we see women tearing each other down, gossiping about one another, making one another feel “less than”. What is there to gain? Nothing.

Some women thrive on the drama because it makes them feel better about themselves.

When you judge others and hurt them, it really is about you and your character as a person, and less about the person you are doing harm to.

Show off your big heart, let people see the good in you.


Habit #2 – Successful Women Carry Themselves Well

The most obvious habits of highly successful women are clear in the way they carry themselves.
Not only by being well put together on the outside in the way they look or dress, but also on the inside.

Fat, thin, tall short, black, white, yellow or green, they exude confidence!

You will notice that successful women know what they want and can communicate needs in a clear and effective manner. Having confidence is a skill I am still learning.

Successful women are not worried nor affected to what others say about them. To be your best, you have to feel good about yourself.


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Habit #3 – Highly Successful Women Are Well Balanced

Now, I don’t mean she can remain upright and steady, or distribute her weight evenly (even though she can, lol) I am talking about knowing work is not everything. It is important and necessary, but it is not everything.

Being a successful woman does not mean you need to give up on your social and personal life.

You can maintain a good balance between the two. It is all about setting priorities and obligations.

This is also very important for every woman who wants to succeed. Whether you own your own business, work for a company, or are a stay at home mom, you need to know how to organize yourself and find a balance in all you do.

We all have strengths, and the more you use them the easier it will be to find your balance.

A lot of us have the tendency to focus on our weaknesses which highlight what we do wrong. This will only point out your imperfections. Worry less about the things you can’t control. 

The more you use your strengths, and bring them into focus, the more you will find your balance. Success can only be enjoyed if you are healthy in mind, body and spirit.


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Habit #4 –  Successful Women Define Success On Their Own Terms

For me, success is a never ending journey. Therefore it has to be defined on my own terms. I cannot feel happiness and satisfaction if my definition of success is what others think it should be.

Do you define your success by the stereotypical definition society and social media offers us? Power, money and material items?

I don’t believe that there is one sole definition, so each and every one of us can live out our unique life’s purpose. This is why one of the habits of highly successful women is being able to define success on your own terms. As you grow, your definition of success will likely to change and evolve.


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Habit #5 – The Ability To Move Through Obstacles

This one is my favourite. In life, obstacles come our way when we least expect them to. They show up and try to stop us from achieving our goals and successes. Being able to move through these obstacles is one of the strongest habits of highly successful women.

There are many ways to adapt to the seasons of life. Have you ever had an obstacle set in your path that has made you give up and stopped you from doing something you were genuinely excited or passionate about? Felt there was no way around it or through it?

Which of these obstacles stop you from getting the most out of life?

  • Procrastination
  • Perfectionism
  • Negative self-talk
  • Time constraints
  • Having a lack of patience
  • A lack of discipline
  • Lack of inspiration
  • Fear of change
  • Fear of failure

If you said yes to any of these, then you need to take control of your situation. Here’s what Murphy’s law says…

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How To Put These Great Habits Of Successful Women Into Practice

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Speak positive affirmations to yourself and set realistic and achievable goals for yourself. Start doing things that will help you achieve your goals; and watch things fall into place for you.

Do you know the Zen proverb that says “the obstacle is the path”?

My interpretation of this quote is that often the very thing that initially limits us will be the same thing that will help us to find a better way to do things. Let your obstacles be your teachers.

Trust yourself more and allow obstacles to challenge you to grow, change and adapt.

In order to possess and maintain any or all of these five amazing habits of highly successful women, you must be unstoppable.

Never let anyone get the way of all the things you have worked so hard for.


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When you are knocked down? Bounce back.

Need help? Ask for it.

Push forward even when all odds are against you. Be resilient.

Love endlessly and show appreciation to those around you.

Respect yourself. Be humble.

And never ever let others define you.

Check out these daily habits highly successful people have.

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Do you recognize any or all of the five habits of highly successful women in yourself?

Share with me in the comments section below.


Purposeful Habits xoxo Sheri



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Anna March 30, 2019 - 23:41

Great List and so useful. In my opinion to be uccessful woman first you have to change your mind and be confident.

darlingceo July 30, 2017 - 22:25

YES! Love all of these. I’ve not found a truly successful women yet who isn’t all of these things. Thanks for sharing!

babiestobookworms July 30, 2017 - 05:06

These are definitely great habits to have. I really need to work on the confidence one!

mymomwrites1 July 30, 2017 - 02:54

this is so very true, I wholeheartedly agree with you. especially about the part where you should be lifting people up! it takes very little effort to tear someone down, but a lot of work and support to life someone else up! great post.

Rhonda July 29, 2017 - 20:41

Great list!!! I’ve always stood by making sure you carry yourself well. If you portray it others will see it.

The Crocheting Mom July 29, 2017 - 18:33

I completely agree with the idea of successful women carry themselves well. In my opinion, if I see a confident woman, who doesn’t hold back, she is usually successful in her life, no matter if its with her job, parenting, or just living life!

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Jojo Vito | The Happy Trip April 12, 2017 - 08:38

Great list , specifically, i like the first habit. everything must start with a big heart. Any success without love is worthless.

Deal Man Unhappy Customers April 9, 2017 - 12:49

Good post and I loved this post and I needed to hear it.

lifesmoments16 April 2, 2017 - 17:23

I love all of these traits! I strive to have all of them, but I do let obstacles get in my way far more than I should. Thank you for this motivational post to remind me what it truly takes to be successful.

diana April 2, 2017 - 16:23

this was a warm and thought provoking post. it is actually in small little things that make your personality audible ..like basically lending a voice to your overall persona,after all it is not the tags that remain with these people who are successful, for example xyz is not known because she is a manager rather she is a gentle or a kind or approachable manager that makes her popular among coworkers, so yes the #1 point big heart,deserved to be on top

Via Bella April 2, 2017 - 12:47

This is awesome! I struggle with some of this sometimes.

catherinemryan March 31, 2017 - 23:11

#4 is most key for me. Sometimes I compare myself to others and think I’m not doing as well as themโ€”but that’s based on THEIR success, not necessarily mine. When I think of what I value, I’m KILLING IT! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Kimberly C. March 31, 2017 - 18:51

I’m also a work in progress when it comes to these 5 points. Also, I’m a strict perfectionist, so that doesn’t help at all. I am my worst critic. I don’t think I’ll ever just be happy with where I’m at. Always striving for something.

Elizabeth March 31, 2017 - 06:16

A thought provoking post, this. What one sees on the outside is not always what happens on the inside though. I wonder how people see me… ๐Ÿ™‚

SLK March 30, 2017 - 09:53

You’re so right. I read through your list and applied it to successful women who I am close to and you’ve hit the nail on the head. Oh and perfectionism is standing in my way……!

sveeteskapes March 29, 2017 - 22:54

Your post is right on, Sheri! Agree with everything you have said, especially defining success in ones own terms as it can mean different things to different people.

xx, Kusum

gaborvantolna March 28, 2017 - 19:20

Sure! It definetly builds your self esteem if you have success…And with the self esteem leads to success… you just need to start at one of these two…

jodikayedwards March 28, 2017 - 15:47

Being well balanced is so true! Love these tips girl!

The Mad Mommy March 28, 2017 - 13:45

I definitely have a couple of these habits down! I could pick up on a couple of others though! Like being well balanced. I need more of that!

Ellie Chan March 28, 2017 - 09:49

Yes! I was so looking forward to reading this post after you commented on my post about success a few days ago and said you had written a post on this subject too! I love that first point about being kind and having a big heart! It’s true, you can be successful by just hard work and by defeating the competition BUT by working hard and being kind and not stepping on anyone to gain your success you gain more because you have people along the way to your success who support you and care about you and want to stick by you.


jessica March 28, 2017 - 08:47

Great tips!! I completely agree!! Balance is everything and taking the time to figure out what is worth your time to balance.

Christopher James March 28, 2017 - 08:35

Awesome stuff! I think this is well put together and applies to people at large!

Clark Albert March 28, 2017 - 05:57

I wonder if there is also a man’s version of these. An excellent motivation.

Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life March 28, 2017 - 11:26

Hi Clark….hmmmmm maybe I should write one ๐Ÿ™‚

Khushboo March 28, 2017 - 05:06

Defining success in our own terms is an important habit for us women. We need to stop competing with others and work towards bettering and improving ourselves ๐Ÿ™‚

ghastlyvongore March 28, 2017 - 01:05

so much yes to all of this! I love the zen proverb you chose to include. It rings so true to my experience. I had a bad habit of giving up when I hit an obstacle before changing my mindset to beginning to use obstacles as learning experiences. It made a world of difference in my life in general.

Fatima Torres at MTME March 27, 2017 - 22:52

All these are very true. Number 5 is key to success. You can’t remain stuck in a situation. Always move forward.

Andrea Broom March 27, 2017 - 21:50

The is great how you write, the voice you have and having empathy is really important.

nnsmith March 27, 2017 - 19:22

I definitely can identify with these habits. But at the same time I think perfectionism and procrastination hold me back from meeting my potential on some projects.

Krista Bel March 27, 2017 - 17:16

I like that your habits mentioned here are quite different. I think I possess some of these traits but I’m definitely a work in progress. This was a really nice post.

Olubukonla March 27, 2017 - 14:58

Defining success in your own terms is a good point. What I deem to be successful might differ from other person’s definition. Success is personal

TheBohoChica March 27, 2017 - 11:48

Defining success on your own terms- and having a big heart, I think these are important qualities. We become more successful when we lift each other up, if only we realize that there is enough potential for us to grow together!

Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 29, 2017 - 18:49

Yes! I agree 100%. We can lift each other up because there is enough success out there for all of us to have it and enjoy it.

Alfonzowords March 27, 2017 - 10:24

5 is probably the most challenging and amazing points. I love powerful women who have oovercome the steepest of odds to become successes!

GoodnightTheSkye March 27, 2017 - 08:26

You’re so right about successful women being empathetic and having a big heart – I honestly think compassion is essential if you ever want to make it in this world!

RUSS March 27, 2017 - 07:52

This was such a good read. It kind of reminded me of #GirlBoss – have you read this book? The definition of success varies per individual, but I think the goal and how to get there are pretty much the same. A grateful attitude, the right attitude, and good work ethic will always help us reach the top.

I do agree with you how perfectionism can be more of a road block. Because really, there’s no such thing as perfection.

annalisanuttall March 27, 2017 - 07:12

I love this post. This make me think of my mum. She was a successful teacher till she retired. She had her own school and was a teacher for 35 years. I feel very empowered by her. xx

Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 29, 2017 - 18:44

I can imagine how empowered you are and proud of her. To own your own school is not easy. I am so glad you have her to motivate and encourage you.

Michelle Snow March 27, 2017 - 06:19

I think success means different things to each person, but you can’t let things hold you back from going after you want. Confidence and caring are important tools.

Rhian Westbury March 27, 2017 - 05:50

I do need to take control and make sure my lack of confidence doesn’t hold me back x

Pinoy Bisniz March 27, 2017 - 05:23

This is a great post and this will surely inspire many women. Specifically, I love the first habit – ‘having a big heart” . Having this habit will surely ripple into something great ๐Ÿ™‚ Jojo Vito

Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 29, 2017 - 18:48

You are absolutely right! Having a big heart and showing kindness can go a long way and does have that ripple, “pay-it-forward” effect.

Elizabeth O. March 27, 2017 - 02:18

I love this post, it’s so empowering. The first one is so true, women who have big hearts are often the ones who become even more successful. We also have to have confidence even if things aren’t going our way.

Ana Ojha March 27, 2017 - 00:11

The definition of success varies from person to person. I feel that if someone is happy and truly satisfied with her work, she is successful. Like you said, successful women’s has a big heart and I totally agree with you that they are away from all the shallow streams of the materialism!

alisonrost March 26, 2017 - 21:23

All of these are spot on about successful women. I’m surrounded by them and couldn’t agree more. They all seem to have an inner confidence that radiates.

Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 29, 2017 - 18:46

Surrounding yourself with successful women will lift you up and encourage you to do and be better. xoxox S.

emmaeatsandexplores March 26, 2017 - 17:58

Ugh I’m so guilty of procrastination but I’m trying to learn not to put things off. I love the idea that the most successful people can raise others up rather than put them down – I think thats such an admirable quality

Ana De-Jesus March 26, 2017 - 17:44

Well put, I believe that success should not be about comparing yourself to others but determining what you see as success. I might not be successful financially but career wise when it comes to my blog I am doing pretty well x

Ola Broom March 26, 2017 - 16:53

This is a wonderful and realistic list of qualities to reach for. I do believe that being flexible and resilient in the face of obstacles is a very important point. Great points.

Jasmine Eclipse March 26, 2017 - 16:00

I loved this post and I needed to hear it. I’ve been struggling. Not with success, just with positivity and positive self-talk, and this post helped me see things more clearly. I’m excited to start the work week with these affirmations in my mind!

Sheri @ A Busy Bees Life July 29, 2017 - 18:45

I am glad this post helped you Jasmine. I think positive affirmations are always a great way to start your day. Might feel weird at first, but the more you do it, the easier it will become.

Nina Bosken March 26, 2017 - 11:03

These are all great indicators of successful women for sure! Some of these fit me well and some I could work on for sure.

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