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When I started my personal development journey, the Girl Boss persona embodied all the qualities I wanted to have. Confidence, courage, discipline, drive, and most importantly, success. The girl boss got results, and I wanted it too.
Every day a new habit or daily routine comes out that promises success. So many of them have proven to be a waste of time, something you do to feel different and better than everyone. If you have been on your personal development journey for some time, I’m sure you’ve come across them.
*cough waking up at 5 am, taking cold showers, etc.
In this post, I will be going over habits that work for the majority and habits that worked for me.
Having a consistent morning routine
The first thing you do in the morning will determine the outcome of your whole day. By starting your day right, you maximize the chances of having a productive day.
Your willpower is at its highest after you wake up from sleep. It is not the only thing responsible, but you will have more energy and fewer distractions.
Establishing a routine that includes some of your goals will make it easier to get them done. When you do one task you will find it easier to do the next one.
This is what my morning routine looks like:
- Wake up
- Say my prayers & give gratitude
- Drink water
- Listen to a short motivating podcast to help me wake up
- Write for 30 minutes
- Get ready for school
These tasks could be different depending on your lifestyle and goals.
You should tackle the hardest task during this time because getting one win, will put you in a positive mood. That will motivate you to complete the rest of your to-do list.
No matter how your routine looks, always give gratitude. It’s as simple as thinking of 5 things you are grateful for, and should take you 30 seconds if you think really hard.
Working towards a life vision & a goal
A vision is what you see when you look into your future. It’s how you see yourself, what you want to do, the way you want to impact others, and what your dream life looks like. Your vision should be fueled by what you know to be your purpose in life. Vision statements are not for businesses only.
Living without purpose is not living. It is waiting for the rest of the world to decide where you belong and what you deserve. Every girl boss knows that her life will only be what she makes of it, you should adopt this mindset.
To make a vision statement, start by asking yourself ‘What impact do I want my life to be making in the next five years?’
Every girl boss has a goal, a goal is the ultimate soul of your dream, the one thing you will achieve to live your dream life.
Everyone can dream about living in the Bahamas, with a mansion and a beautiful happy family. Unless you make a plan on what you will do to make it a reality, it’ll always be a dream.
Let’s say you want to become a travel influencer for instance.
That your dream is to travel the world and inspire one million people to chase their dreams. Your goal could be to create a platform to share your travels and tips and tricks that help you travel for cheap.
Following a detailed life plan
A plan is a broke down goal. Having a destination is a good thing, but without having directions you’ll get lost. Eventually, you will get frustrated and give up on that goal.
Think about all the small and big steps it will take to achieve your goal.
To plan your influencer dream, for instance, your main goal will be to have a platform. Your plan will look like this:
You will need a blog, YouTube channel, and social media accounts where you will share your tips to be able to connect with people. Following the law of reciprocity, will create a strong community of people who admire you and find you inspiring.
But to create those platforms, you should break your goal into:
- Starting a YouTube channel, buying hosting for your blog, and opening social media accounts
- Create content to help you reach her target audience
- Connect with like-minded individuals and network
- Read books and take courses on growing on various platform
You will break these tasks further and assign timelines, so you’ll be able to complete your goal in a certain time frame.
Having an extensive reading list
There are no girl bosses or successful people who don’t read books. Whether it’s Self-help books, world geography, or travel guides, knowledge is power if you want to succeed.
Your value is not in what you have or what you do, everything is temporary except what you have in your brain.
When you’re facing an obstacle or trying to get up after failing, the only thing that will guide you is the knowledge you have.
With shifts in trends and the economy, focusing on one profession isn’t enough. You can learn different skills relating to your passion. Having skills like writing, public speaking, and video editing will help you transition into the next big thing.
Read about everything, tech, biographies, travel, weather, and even trains. At best they expand your mind, and you might find something new you enjoy. At worse, they are good conversation points, you never know who you might meet.
Having confidence (or faking it)
Having confidence is critical to achieving success, low self-esteem will affect how well you perform.
You should have confidence in who you are as a person, fight for what you believe in, and be confident in your ability to make your dreams come true.
You can’t build confidence overnight, but you can fake it when you need to.
Keeping a journal
A journal, a diary, a notepad, and a notice board. Whatever it is that will allow you to write down your goals and ideas.
Every Girl boss knows the importance of not planning out your goals but writing them down. Writing your goals makes it easier to remember and makes it 65% more possible to do the work required.
Writing your goals or anything that inspires you will make you less likely to forget them. Even if you don’t end up doing it, you’ll have ideas to go back to when you no longer have inspiration.
There are a lot of resources that can help you, if you’re less likely to write then you can use an app, but writing is key here.
There are a lot of planners and notebooks that make it a lot easier to organize your thoughts. I prefer empty pages to contain messy thoughts. It’s when my head is clear, that I sit down and organize everything.
You know yourself best, find what works for you
Having the right mindset for success
Having a success and growth mindset is the second most crucial thing to achieve success. If you don’t have the right qualities or have limitations, your mindset will guide you toward being realistic and also overcoming doubts.
It’s that same mindset that will keep you motivated when things don’t look so bright. Having a growth mindset will open your mind to so many opportunities and find ways where it feels like there are none.
Here are simple girl boss mindsets to adopt:
- Having positive thoughts
- Believing mistakes show you the wrong way to do things, so you try something different.
- Believing you are worthy of a better future and you will make it happen
- Believing that even though you might not have everything you need, you have it in you to learn and keep improving till you get to what you want to be
- Believing that the hard part is at 91% and the success comes at 97%. And believing that failure happens only if you stop trying.
Implementing and Prioritising self-care
Self-care is crucial if you want to live a productive and fulfilling life that you feel good about. It does not have to use the label self-care, what is important is you taking time to rest and care for yourself.
Remember, you cannot put out what you don’t have.
All that girl boss energy needs fueling.
Whatever little thing makes you feel better about yourself, your body, and your state of mind, it’s worth sparing a few minutes for.
My biggest self-care tip is doing nothing. Sit down or lay down and gaze out of the window, whatever is most comfortable. Think of nothing and just let thoughts pass by.
Taking care of her appearances
Beauty is not everything but if you don’t take care of your appearance it gives the impression that you can’t take care of anything or that you don’t care. The first thing people judge you on is how you dress and look. The main thing is to look presentable and confident in your own skin.
It’s not about the makeup or an expensive skincare routine, taking care of your appearance is a great confidence booster. When you look good, you feel good.
These 10 things are must-haves if you want to be a successful girl boss or IT girl or whatever the next trend may call it. You can follow the list to start day by day you will be getting closer to achieving your goals.
What habit or quality has helped you achieve your goals?