Success looks different for everyone.
What one person may strive for may not be a goal or aspiration for another.
Still, even though success looks differently for everyone, there are some common traits that are consistent.
Women encounter different obstacles in their pursuit of success than men do, so those traits that might help a man achieve success may or may not have the same outcome for a woman.
Here are 7 traits that successful women possess:
1. Keep learning new skills
There is always room to grow, improve, and learn more.
The women who consistently seek new training opportunities and skill sets to master are the ones who will see the most success.
It can be learning new techniques for a job or profession you’ve been in for a decade, or learning a new trade to start something completely different so that you can break into a new field.
Learning new skills isn’t exclusive to employment or your career, either.
Maybe you learn new life hacks to make maintaining your home life a little easier, or new hobbies to try so that you feel more relaxed in your free time.
There’s plenty of things to learn and the women who seek new skills will also find the success that comes with it.
2. Set goals
Goal setting seems simple, but it’s surprising how many people stop doing it after they get out of school.
If you want to achieve something, you need to make it a goal and create actionable steps to achieve it.
It can be seeking a promotion at work and figuring out what you need to do to earn that promotion.
It can be wanting to declutter your house and developing a schedule to slowly tackle each room.
It can be getting a new degree or certification so that you can start the job you’ve always wanted.
Whatever it is you want to achieve, set a goal and work backwards to figure out the steps you need to take to make it happen.
3. Keep yourself organized
You can make as many goals as you want, but if you don’t develop an organizational structure to maintain it, those goals will fall to the wayside.
Being organized doesn’t mean being a perfectionist or a clean freak, it simply means being on top of and aware of everything going on and what needs to be done.
Keeping a calendar of all the events, deadlines, and schedule conflicts in your life will make a huge difference on your ability to devote time to what you need to do to achieve your goal and find success.
4. Don’t do it alone
The most successful women are the ones who develop and utilize a support system.
It’s so much more difficult to achieve anything when you go it alone, don’t feel like you have to.
There are plenty of people who will gladly help you—especially other successful women.
Create a support system of people you can depend on to pick up the slack when things start to become overwhelming or just too much.
This can be your family, friends, and co-workers.
Try to find some dependable people who can help you out with the chores at home, who are available to lend and ear and some advice, and whom you can ask questions and learn from to make things easier.
5. Help others working toward their own goals
Successful people don’t always get there on their own, and if they did, they probably wish they had had someone who could have helped them or supported them along the way.
Being that woman for others is what makes everyone successful. Helping your fellow woman where and when you can so she can achieve her goals will help you achieve your own.
Not only is it a kind deed for someone else, but it makes you stronger within yourself, your determination, your skill set, and builds your support network.
6. Rise to the occasion
What makes people successful is their ability to rise to new challenges.
They push themselves and try something new—even if it is difficult.
Learning new things and pushing yourself toward something you haven’t achieved before, or achieved but need to reach again, is challenging and difficult.
Not allowing the difficulty to get the better of you and rising to meet the challenge is what differentiates a successful person from the rest.
We’re all faced with new challenges, it is how we choose to approach and respond to those challenges that determines whether or not we are successful.
Instead of seeing a challenge as a struggle, view it as an opportunity.
This is a chance for you to learn, grow, overcome, and change.
Taking this approach is what will make you successful and less likely to give up or give in when it matters most to achieving your goal.
7. Don’t compare yourself to others
When you start to compare yourself to others is when you start to lose sight of all the hard work you’ve put in and everything that you’ve accomplished.
Successful people don’t compare themselves because they know that success looks different for everyone and it comes at different times, too.
One person may seem more successful than you, but they might have been working at it longer or have tried different avenues than you.
It doesn’t mean you are not successful, it just means you are both different and leading different lives.
Incorporating these traits into your life will help you be a more successful woman.