Tuesday, December 15, 2015

12 things Successful Women do differently*

Here's the rest of Emma Gray's article. My comments are in purple.

7. They know that failure goes hand-in-hand with success. 
"Failure is not the opposite of success but a stepping stone to success," was the advice given to Arianna Huffington by her mother, Elli Stassinopoulos. Successful women know that you can't excel all the time, and that an inevitable part of taking leaps in your career is falling down sometimes. EW: When you realize that you learn more from a failure, you will see they are not stumbling blocks but building blocks. I learned a lot from John Maxwell's book Failing Forward - and I recommend you read it too. Our Resilience muscles are built  up and even strengthened from failures. Proverbs 24:16 says,
"Even though good [righteous] people may be bothered by trouble [fall] seven times, they are never defeated [get back up]but the wicked are overwhelmed by [stumble into] trouble.**

Interestingly, a few verses before this we're told:
"If you give up [show yourself weak] when trouble comes [on the day of distress/trouble], it shows that you are weak [your strength is small]."***

8. They take care of themselves physically.
"My morning run is when my head is most clear and when I synthesize all of the things that are going on in my head," Jessica Herrin, founder of Stella and Dot, told The Huffington Post. Many successful women have spoken about the value of regular exercise - not because they are trying to be thin, but because they know that exercise relieves stress, releases endorphins (EW: morphine-like chemicals produced by the body that help diminish pain while triggering positive feelings) and increases energy.

9. They know that their to-do lists will never be completed, and they're okay with that.
Sometimes you can be more productive by accepting that you're simply not going to get everything done. Learning to let go of certain goals, responsibilities and tasks can be difficult, but freeing. Arianna Huffington has spoken about how finally allowing herself to cross unrealistic goals off her lifelong "to do" list - in her case, learning German and becoming an expert skiier - relieved her of a huge burden. "Getting rid of the anxiety of perpetually unmet expectations was so great," she said.

10. They make sure to schedule alone time.
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. "I’ve found if I don’t literally put pen to paper (or create a Google calendar appointment) and carve out an hour for myself, it never happens," Mary Kate McGrath, editor in chief of PureWow told The Daily Muse in March. "So that’s what I do. I literally invite myself to manicures or an extra 20 minutes in bed, and I’ve been known to take myself out for a Manhattan once in a while, too. (I’m a great date.) And my new rule: I’m not allowed to cancel on myself."

11. They know how to foster genuine relationships - and keep them strong.
Having a support network is key to being successful. Keeping up your friendships and forming new ones at every place you work makes you happier and helps your career later on.

12. They express gratitude to those around them.
No woman's success happens in a vacuum. Wildly successful women acknowledge those that support them every day - both in their home lives and at the office. And that graciousness not only makes them better people, but fosters loyalty from their employees. EW: There are so many ways to appreciate all the people around us that have contributed to our success. For instance, I send a card to one of my former managers on "Boss Appreciation Day." Any time of the year including Christmastime is a good time to appreciate others...I guess this gives some of us 10 days if we haven't already parceled and passed on our appreciation. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas. May you continually receive inspiration and support from our Lord Jesus Christ Who did things differently and is the World's greatest Success. 


** Expanded Bible
*** Prov 24:10 - Expanded Bible

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