Adapt these habits to make juggling work and family easier.
Being a working mom is no walk in the park, but that doesn't mean it always has to be difficult. Sure, juggling work and family may get easier over time as your kids get older, but why wait? Below are 10 habits successful working moms have in common that you can start adapting today to make your busy schedule and day-to-day so much more manageable.
1. They don't depend on others to validate them.
Bad days come and go, but they don’t stick. When good days come, these moms go out of their way to celebrate every bit of it. They walk with confidence that their mistakes, their circumstances and their performance don’t define their strengths. Every day they reflect on their worth and their significance.
2. They acknowledge symptoms of negative stress as they arise.
Stress is inevitable. Successful working moms recognize this truth and face challenges head on. But more importantly, they are unafraid to admit when they are overwhelmed. Experience and maturity have taught them that acknowledging their limits is not a sign of weakness. In fact, they understand that it’s how they move forward.
3. They prepare for the future.
Instead of worrying about what's to come, these moms think about the future in proactive ways. They don’t let it consume them but rather, they use it to fuel their goals. Every task is aligned to a specific purpose.
4. They think outside of the box.
The list of things to do never ends, but successful working moms know not to focus on what’s lacking in their lives as they check these off. Instead, they keep in mind that there are resources everywhere. They set their minds and hearts on solutions. If there’s a problem, there must be a way out.
5. They forgive themselves.
Because they know their own shortcomings, they are not hard on themselves. Successful working moms stop to remember the good things they’ve accomplished throughout the day. They are very much aware that they are a work in progress.
6. They forgive others.
As much as they have standards and expectations, they keep those in check. They also understand that their children (their bosses, their co-workers and their spouse) are a work in progress too. These moms choose not to hold grudges. They know that resentment and bitterness will only hold them back further from creating the life they truly desire.
7. They pursue diversity in their community.
These moms readily admit that they can learn from others. People from all walks of life can bring different perspectives and successful working moms appreciate this kind of knowledge. They don’t limit themselves. In their circle, they have space for singles, young and old, for people of different interests, backgrounds and cultures.
8. They are willing to seek accountability.
It’s the kind of accountability that involves honesty and openness. They invite people in their lives who will not only tell them the good, the bad and the ugly, but will also walk alongside them through thick and thin.
9. They practice generosity.
They don’t keep a good thing to themselves. Successful working moms share their talents, their time and their resources whenever needed. When the consequence involves making life better for others, they don’t hesitate. They give selflessly.
10. They use their influence to empower others.
Moms are influential in every way, but successful working moms are keen to the impact they have in their homes and beyond and use their influence for good. They choose to serve in ways that build up and not tear down.
Written by Joy Acaso for Working Mother and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.