7 Simple Secrets of Successful Women

The very definition of "success" is broad, and differs from woman to woman. Ask 10 women the meaning of success, and you'll get 100 different answers (yes, that math is accurate!). But most women can agree that there are certain traits that most successful women share.

I spend a good part of my work day reading the works of and listening to women who have achieved great things — and I make it a point to surround myself with women who are well on their way to becoming so.

Keep reading to learn more about 7 habits I’ve discovered that successful women do differently.

Secrets of successful women

#1: They make time for themselves

Research has shown that women tend to prioritize domestic responsibilities such as housework and child-care over themselves. Successful women know that they need to schedule alone time the same way they plan meetings, family dinners and networking events. For me, if I don’t write it in my physical calendar or create a Google calendar appointment, and carve out an hour for myself, it never happens, And here's the kicker: I’m not allowed to cancel on myself, either!

I recently did a post about how to fit in self-care daily, in 30 minutes or less!

#2: they drink water & eat to fuel

Getting in some brainfood is essential to powering your success. Usually this means a good mix of protein, fat, and healthy carbs. And don't skip breakfast! This could be an egg breakfast taco, a high-quality protein shake, or a smoothie with Greek yogurt, frozen berries, spinach, almond butter and almond milk. Audrey Hepburn always ate two eggs and a slice of whole wheat toast first thing and never skipped breakfast, even when she was ‘detoxing’ – something she did each month to mantain her figure. (I was stoked to learn this, as cleansing is something I incorporate on the reg, as well!)

The same goes for keeping hydrated. Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning to start your day. "We lose water all night through breathing, and don't replenish it for seven hours or so! Now I feel like my morning water is as important to waking up my body and brain as my coffee is.” —Maggie Hall, author of The Conspiracy of Usyoung adult fiction trilogy.