Everyone knows a strong woman or has admired one or two in their lives.
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These are the women who exude self-confidence, tackle things head-on and keep going even when things go sideways.
Despite all obstacles, they claw their way to success and seem happy doing it.
It can seem impossible to become that way, but it’s easier than you may think once you know the 11 secrets that these women have learned.
1. Self-Care Is On The Menu
Both self-love and self-care are an important part of your success since, without a healthy body and mind, success can be elusive.
It’s impossible to get where you want to go if your mind and body aren’t in top shape, and even if you do manage to make it, you can’t really enjoy it.
If you’ve been lacking in these departments, it’s time to start setting aside time for yourself each day for nurturing and to let off some steam.
2. Two Feet Keep You Upright
Strong women stand on their own, without relying on someone else to get things done.
That’s not to say you can’t look for support from loved ones – you should, really – just that you can’t expect other people to run your life for you.
Set goals, make an action plan to achieve them and get going. Your goals aren’t going to be as important to someone else as they are to you, so you’re the one who needs to focus on doing them.
3. Excuses Aren’t Acceptable
Excuses are definitely the easy way out. No matter what’s going on, you have to be ready to handle the tides if you want to land on the shore.
Don’t let your self-doubts and fears prevent you from going after what you want.
Anytime you conjure up a reason to avoid doing something you need to do, push it aside and power through. Remind yourself of what’s at stake and the end game to stay motivated.
4. Complaining Is Pointless
You’ve generally got two options in life: complain and be the victim or work above your challenges and be a success.
Complaining is a pointless exercise, as it won’t change anything. Of course, it’s natural to let off some steam now and then and get upset or frustrated about something going wrong, but it can’t become the theme of your life.
When you feel tempted to complain, re-focus that energy into something productive instead.
It doesn’t have to be related to what you are complaining about, either, as sometimes you just need to step back to gain much-needed perspective.
5. Challenges Keep You Rising
Once you become complacent and get too comfortable, you stop growing, and this can lead to depression, laziness, boredom and other negative behaviors.
Successful women always set goals for them to go after so they don’t become stagnant in their life or on their personal growth path.
Whether it’s reading books, learning new things or starting a business, challenge yourself with something new once you’ve achieved a goal. If you’ve always got something to move onto next, you’ll always have things to look forward to!
6. Finances Have To Be Mastered
Many people experience tough financial times, and it can even be so bad that you have to start over. But part of being a successful and strong woman is staying on top of your finances as much as humanly possible in your situation.
If you haven’t done a financial assessment in a while, now is the time to do one.
It’s very hard to move forward in life if you’re constantly struggling to pay bills and make ends meet.
Be prepared to cut out those unnecessary expenses and develop good saving habits so you can weather storms and achieve personal dreams.
7. Learning Is Everything
Life is almost like school if you’ve got the right mindset. Naturally, you’ve got your own opinions and beliefs, but you still need to keep an open mind so you can learn from other people.
No matter how smart you are, there is always someone smarter, and things change constantly.
Keep yourself open and receptive to learning, even if it means having core beliefs challenged, so you continue your own personal growth throughout your entire life.
8. Life Is About More Than Work
Obviously, a strong woman has or is working toward job success, but it’s not everything.
If you’re the richest person in the world but ill all the time, it doesn’t do much for you as a person or your loved ones.
You need to take the time to work on all areas of your life, not just your professional one.
Eat well, get enough sleep and take time with family members and friends.
Don’t let your personal life or health fall by the wayside as you climb your career ladder.
9. Uplifting Others Is Key
Helping those around you may not seem like part of true success, but you’ve got to think about it; celebrating a win isn’t much fun if you’ve got no one else to celebrate it with.
It’s that team spirit that makes winning such a great feeling. A strong woman knows that just focusing on yourself will lead to you missing out on important things in life, so she gives back and tries to help others find their way to success, too.
This also makes life more fulfilling and happy, so it’s a win-win for everyone involved.
10. Time Management Matters
“Time is money” is truer now than it ever was. If you’re not out there making money, someone else is. If you get a great idea but don’t do anything about it, chances are you’ll see it in someone else’s infomercial one day.
Manage your time wisely so you can work on your dreams and goals without sacrificing your health or personal life.
While it’s tempting to waste hours on social media or streaming videos, in the end, you’ll just lose your focus and motivation and won’t have anything to show for it.
Some play around time is to be expected, but if you find yourself wasting hours on Facebook or Netflix, you’ve got to set yourself some limits and work out a schedule that keeps you on task.
Use productivity apps or whatever tools you need to help end your time-wasting habits if you’re having a hard time resisting the urge.
11. Risks Are There To Be Taken
Sometimes, you’ve just got to take a risk. It’s scary, and the fear of failure can be a real deterrent, but it’s hard to achieve goals when you’re not willing to risk anything.
Of course, these risks should be calculated and not impulsive.
Weigh all your options before you take a risk to determine whether it’s worth it and vital for your path to success.
Never put all your eggs in one basket; you should always have backup plans in case something doesn’t pan out the way you thought it would.