So, it’s Women’s Month this August and to celebrate, we thought we would look at the top 5 habits of confident and successful women! Confidence is among our most important assets – sometimes it’s even more important than skills, knowledge, and experience. Take a look at these habits:


Habit #1: They know when and how to say no

Being able to say no to things that are less important than other priorities is a critical skill – and one that you will only master by practising. Learn to say no – it might be difficult in the beginning, but will benefit you in the long run!


Habit #2: They say no to procrastination

Do you often tell yourself that you’ll do something tomorrow, or “when you feel like it”, and then you never get to it? You’re procrastinating – which can make you feel guilty, unproductive and anxious. Next time you find yourself procrastinating, try making a list of everything you need to accomplish today. Then break it up into smaller, more achievable tasks. Give yourself a time limit – and stick to it. Not sure if you’re a procrastinator? Take this quiz to find out.


Also read: How to Stop Procrastinating


Habit #3: They display confident body language – in whatever they do

Body language dictates how others see us and feel about us and how you feel about yourself. People have a natural tendency to trust you more when your body language displays confidence. If you don’t trust yourself to do a job, then why should someone else trust you? If you don’t think you can succeed, then no-one else will take you seriously. Self-confidence can be learned, practised, and mastered — just like any other skill. Once you master it, everything in your life will change for the better.


Habit #4: They help others

Have you ever had a friend or colleague ask you for help on a project? Did you know that helping others has a dual benefit – not only does it provide support to the people on the receiving end, but it makes you feel better, too. So next time someone asks for help, lend a helping hand. Similarly, if you see someone in need of help, offer to help them out.


Habit #5: They set boundaries

How often do you check emails from home or take work home with you at night? Creating boundaries and maintaining a work/life balance is essential when it comes to success. Set boundaries from the start, and make sure that people don’t overstep the mark.


Do you have any habits you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments box below!


Note: This article was originally published on 14 August 2014, and has been updated for comprehensiveness and accuracy.