Men and women develop mental strength in the same way – gender doesn’t matter. But when it comes to bad counterproductive habits that could slow your progress or get you stuck, sex can play a serious role.

Fortunately, recognizing these unhealthy habits is the first step to creating positive change so that you can progress toward achieving your greatest potential.

Here are the 13 things strong women refuse to do:

1. They Don’t Compare Themselves With Other People

Whether you’re watching Instagram photos of a celebrity’s vacation or hearing your friend talk about their latest increase, comparing yourself to the rest is tempting. But every minute you spend comparing your life with someone else’s life lasts 60 seconds, you don’t focus on your goals.

2. They Don’t Insist on Perfection

Perfectionism has a cruelly ironic twist; This will make you feel stress levels so high that your performance will actually be impaired. Set high expectations, but don’t set the bar incredibly high.

3. They Don’t See Vulnerability as a Weakness

Your gaming face certainly serves a purpose – it shows people that you are serious. But asking for help, acknowledging your weaknesses, and admitting that you don’t have all the answers are not signs of weakness.

4. They Don’t Stop From Reaching Their Goals

Your brain will try to convince you that you are not good enough, capable enough or intelligent enough. But don’t believe everything you think. Your brain will underestimate you.

5. They Don’t Overthink Everything

Enhancing the same things over and over and worrying about anything that could go wrong wastes precious time and mental energy. And it will have an impact on your psychological well-being. Commit to problem-solving and acting productively, rather than ruminating and thinking too much.

6. They Don’t Shy Away From Tough Challenges

Whether it’s a promotion to a leadership position or an uncomfortable conversation you need to have with a friend, avoiding difficult challenges will keep you stuck. Face your fears little by little and you will have confidence in yourself.

7. They Don’t Fear Breaking the Rules

From a young age, many girls learn the importance of being polite and well-mannered. But it’s the rule breakers that are changing the world.

8. They Don’t Lift Themselves Up By Putting Others Down

It can be tempting to try to elevate your own status by reporting someone else’s faults. But the real cheerleaders are the ones who really succeed in life.

9. They Don’t Limit Their Potential Because of Others

Whether someone tells you that you will never get anything or that you are turned down for a promotion, other people can limit your potential if you allow it. Build a belief in yourself and you won’t let criticism or rejection stop you.

10. When something goes wrong, they don’t blame themselves

While it is important to accept personal responsibility when you make a mistake, toxic self-accusation does more harm than good.

11. They Don’t Stay Silent

From business meetings to social gatherings, studies show that women don’t get as much air time as men. Express yourself and find your authentic voice to make yourself heard.

12. They Don’t Hesitate to Reinvent Themselves

As you mature, so will your personality, priorities and values. Whether you completely change careers at age 40 or decide to embrace your spirituality at age 60, reinventing yourself is the key to your personal growth.

13. They Don’t Fear Owning Their Success

Women are afraid of looking arrogant or overly ambitious. Even when complimented, they are likely to pass the credit on to someone else or to give an immediate compliment. Practice giving a simple “Thank You” and own your creations.

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