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5 MUST-DO HABITS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMEN.

Do you ever wonder what the habit of highly successful women are? What habits do have?

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit– ARISTOTLE  

My all-time favourite definition of success is by Myles Munroe.

“Success is how much you have done in relation to how much you are supposed to do”.

Success by John Wooden sits right on my mind; “Success is peace of mind attained only through self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do the best of which you’re capable.”

We have learned that success is not necessarily a destination but a process. A journey.

You can win today and lose tomorrow. Do you say you are successful on days you win and a failure on days you lose?

Success is subjective to individuals, what Person A categorizes as success differs from what Person B categorizes as success. The aim is to discover what success means to you and work tirelessly at achieving your success.

Your habit on the other hand composites your character. What you do daily soon becomes a part of you. This translates as “The more you do; the more you can get from what you do”.

What do you do daily?

How are you spending your leisure time? 

What do you do first in the morning and last at night?

What can’t you go a day without doing?

Ask yourself key questions and press yourself to find answers.

“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny,” the maxim goes.

A habit may be a fragment of your day or time but it is powerful. It is like laying bricks every day to build a castle. As long as you keep putting those bricks, your castle will stand one day.

I have put today 7 powerful and proven habits which are conversant among successful people, I know success is part of your goals; read on and imbibe them.

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1. VISUALIZE WHO YOU WANT TO BECOME.

One powerful book I would recommend to everyone is “Think and grow rich” by Napolean Hill.

Napolean suggested you use 30 minutes every day to visualize the person you want to become. Close your eyes and see how you want to become. Immerse yourself in your thoughts. Get practical, how do you see yourself, what are you doing, where are you?

“Man’s only limitation, within reason, lies in his development and use of his imagination”

 I love the imaginative sense because it’s a place of zero limits or hindrances. Your mind can build and wander as far as you permit it. Your impulse desire is given shape, form and action through the aid of the imaginative faculty of the mind.

Your mind is your blank canvas, what are you drawing on it? What are you painting?

Every innovative business or product started first in the mind.

Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. Ideas are products of imagination.

Harness the power in your mind daily.

Paint on your canvas every day, even if just a stroke

ACTION PLAN TO BECOME A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN

Set a timeframe that is convenient for you. Put away noise and clutter.

Close your eyes and wander in the land of your imagination. Napolean suggests you do it in the morning, ahead of your tasks or late at night before you sleep. Concentrate your thoughts for 30 minutes daily upon the task of thinking of the person you intend to become, thereby creating in your mind a clear mental picture of that person.

2. READ A BOOK- A GOOD BOOK.

I enjoy reading because it opens me up to diverse knowledge and possibilities.

It broadens my mind to accommodate new and big things.

It improves my hastiness to learn and unlearn.

It gives a view of another person’s world.

It gives me room to travel the world while in my room

And numerous other inspiring reasons.

You can learn a lot by reading a good book. Reading saves you years of trial and error.

Reading saves you years of trying out different things just to find out what works.

Imagine experimenting on how to invent the light bulb when Eddison has discovered that already. All you need to do is read up his work.

Reading builds your mind and expands it. Reading stimulates your mind and creates curiosity.

One fascinating thing to love about reading is how the wisdom and words latch themselves on your mind like metal to a magnet. Sometimes when in challenging situations without a single knowledge of what to do, you can experience a string up of something you had earlier read from a book. And instantly know what next to do.  The wisdom from a good book will not betray you, rather it will help you and guide you.

HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE WHO READ.

  • “Books were my pathway to personal freedom,” Oprah Winfrey had said.  “I learned to read at age 3 and soon discovered that there was a whole new world to conquer through reading that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”
  • Warren Buffett has a reputation for being an avid reader, spending as much as six hours per day reading books and newspapers.
  • Elon Musk devoured books from a young age, reportedly reading for up to ten hours a day, reading whatever he could get his hands on including the entire Encyclopedia Britannica. He once said “I read books” in response to questions on how he got his ideas to build rockets.
  • Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand said she will always love the fact that books can elevate you from where you are and take you to a world that feels completely dissimilar to your own. She picked up a book about Antarctica at the age of 14 and have not stopped since then. 

Successful people read.

Want to become successful? Then you must read, every day.

ACTION PLAN TO BECOME A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN

Join book clubs. Book clubs religiously handpicks inspiring books for you and help keep you accountable.

Set a goal for reading, start small and climb up the ladder.

2-3 books in a month, 20- 30 pages daily, 3-4 hours daily.

Buy books monthly or quarterly. No price is too much for a good book.

The answers to some questions you are asking are in a book. Grab a good book and immerse yourself and your mind.

Put your nose in a good book every day.

3. PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST

Things that matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least– GOETHE

From the bestselling 7 Habits of highly effective people, putting first things first translates to day-in, day-out, moment-by-moment doing.

Do you put your first things first?

Putting first things first means doing the most important things in life. It means being clear and specific about your priorities and working on them tirelessly.

You write down your task in the order of priority when you set goals; from the most important to the least important.

Starting your day with the most important task improves work efficiency and permits you to do the least important ones even when your energy is already sapped out.

Successful people know how to manage their time well.

ACTION PLAN TO BECOME A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN

Use timebox.

According to Parkinson’s Law, “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion” – for example, if you allocate 4 weeks to a task, no matter whether you can realistically finish it earlier, you’ll subconsciously expand your work making you finish it only at 4 weeks.

Unless you want to spend a whole week to finish reading 1 chapter of a book, just because that’s the deadline you set for yourself, do timeboxing.

Timeboxing is a simple & powerful technique to improve your productivity.

Timeboxing simply means you enter a block of time that you’ll spend on a certain task in the future on your calendar.  Decide how much time you’ll spend on a task, Instead of working on a task until it’s done.

Timeboxing simply means stipulating time on your calendar for a particular task.

For bigger tasks, you can reserve several blocks of time in advance. With such an approach, you have complete control over your schedule and priorities.

HOW TO TIMEBOX

Timeboxing is like scheduling a meeting on your calendar. You select the day, start and finish hours, define the desired outcome, and reserve time in your calendar.  Once you reserve a box of time, you must treat it like a scheduled meeting – no quick rescheduling, no distractions while you work on the timeboxed task, completely the timeboxed task in fixed duration.

The timeboxing time management technique involves 5 steps:

Find suitable tasks

Define your goals

Set the time

Work and assess your results

Claim your reward

You don’t need any special tools to use the timeboxing time management technique. All you need is a tool like Google Calendar or any other.

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4. DO SOMETHING IN LINE WITH YOUR BIGGER GOAL EVERY DAY.

Every day is a fresh opportunity at life.

Put your vision where you can see it wherever you turn. Put it in your face.

The more of your goal and vision you familiarize yourself with, the clearer it gets imprinted on your mind. Successful women know this and they employ this habit.

Everywhere you turn in your home there should be something that reminds you of your vision.

As often as you see it, your mind begins to create new ways/ideas to accomplish your goal or vision.

Everything having to do with success and prosperity starts with self-discipline. If you are not sincere with yourself, then you are not sincere at all. Integrity is measured by how much you can hold on to the promises you make daily to yourself, the ones no one else knows about.

Do something about your goals every day so you will not forget them.

ACTION PLAN TO BECOME A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN

  • Set a reminder to remind you of your daily goals.
  • Use sticky notes on your bed, on your fridge, and on your mirror. Etc.
  • Use pop up messages on your phone or laptop.
  • Tell a friend or family to remind you.
  • Set out small tasks to accomplish daily in line with a particular end goal.
  • Evaluate your progress daily, or every other day and map out ways you can improve.

5. MAKE FIRM AND PROMPT DECISIONS.

When you decide to do something- do it!

A successful woman should be able to reach decisions promptly and be firm on the decision. Your mind must not be easily swayed. Make a decision and stick to it.

The most successful people in the world have a decision quotient of 3:4 or 2:4, meaning that for every four decisions they make, they act on two or three of them.

People who seldom follow-through have a decision quotient of 2:10 or 2:20, meaning for every ten or even twenty decisions they make, they act only twice.

The more decisions you act upon, the higher your chances of success. Do not be indecisive and complacent.

ACTION PLAN TO BECOME A HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN

Write down 10 goals you love to achieve this year in order of priority.

Under each goal, write down three decisions you can start working on immediately to achieve your bigger goals.

Work on your decisions tirelessly every day.

EXTRA CHEESE

Habits are powerful factors in your life. Because they are consistent, often unconscious patterns, they constantly, daily, express our character and produce our effectiveness or ineffectiveness.

Your habits can lead to your success. Or failure. The choice is yours to integrate powerful habits into your daily life which hones your affinity to success.

One of the best ways to improve is by observing and emulating what the best in the game is doing and how they do it. Emulating from those ahead of you; saves you time, resources and energy.

Start today to fill up your daily time which powerful habits that will lead you on your journey to success. Others have done it, you can too.

I want you to succeed; If you fall, stand up, dust yourself and try again tomorrow. Keep doing it tirelessly till it works.

Success obeys principles, implement the principles of success; success must obey.

Give yourself room to become.

I am rooting for you!

You are as much as you can see, woman.

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