Dreaming is not a sign of laziness, but failing to act is. Here are 6 habits of successful people, as well as what separates dreamers from doers.
Let’s get one thing straight - you cannot do until you can dream. Every great business, project, or job started with an idea, a dream of something great.
We had an amazing chat with Niyonkuru Audace, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Digital Umuganda, an Artificial intelligence company based in Kigali, Rwanda. Digital Umuganda focuses on voice technology and open infrastructure development, collaborating with various national and international organizations to advance artificial intelligence on the African continent.
Niyonkuru shared his thoughts on the characteristics that distinguish doers from dreamers, as well as the habits of successful people based on his own experience.
To begin, why is it important to develop healthy habits in order to be successful?
Life is a marathon, not a sprint, and bad habits feed on each other. The most important success tip is discipline, which involves developing healthy habits in small steps and sticking to them. Habits shape character and character is the foundation of success; by developing healthy habits, you will achieve what someone who hasn't mastered healthy habits will not.
What habits do individuals need to develop to become successful?
Just dreaming has helped no one. In fact, the dreams also turn frustrating when you can’t act on them. Here’s how you can get ahead:
Execution - As important as planning and big thinking are, if you don't start with the first step and execute, your big thinking will remain at the planning level. It’s important to map your plans and outline a step by-step guide on how you plan on executing this idea. It might feel overwhelming, but once you have everything laid out, it will feel much easier ticking every box one after the other.
Self-accountability - You must be self-accountable, examine your strengths and weaknesses, devise a mitigation strategy, and determine whether you, as an individual, have stayed the course, which is one of the most important. If you don’t hold yourself accountable then who will? Self-discipline is the single most important quality required for success. It allows you to overcome obstacles and discomfort as you push yourself to new heights by keeping you focused on your goals and giving you the courage to stick with difficult tasks.
Be open to learning - The world is dynamic and ever-changing; with the pandemic, we saw how all sectors could be disrupted in a matter of months, not willing to learn to could lead to obsoleting faster than ever before. Consistency leads to progress, which can hasten the achievement of your goals. This will boost your self-esteem, allowing you to set more ambitious and difficult goals. It will bring about accountability. Your results will reveal whether or not you are consistent.
Take risks and embrace failure - This could be one of the most common habits of successful people. Every high achiever once took a risk that could have resulted in total failure, but they understood that executing and achieving come with some level of risk. Accepting failure and what you can't change allows you to focus more on what you can. That concentration is necessary for success.
Planning - You must plan in order to help with execution, performance tracking, and simply knowing where you are in relation to where you want to be. Organizing and planning assist you in completing your work accurately and avoiding costly mistakes. Being well-organized and creating effective plans also allows you to meet important goals and objectives.
Resilience - Being a high achiever, especially in business, inevitably involves failure from time to time; the ability to keep moving forward in the face of adversity is what distinguishes those who are high achievers from those who aren't. This trait is all about staying grounded and dealing with adversity. You deal with stress better when you can accept setbacks, recover quickly from disappointments, and adapt well to change.
What tips can you share for developing these habits of successful people?
Small steps, small achievements: The happiest and most successful people will tell you that they got to where they are in life and work by taking small steps and making one positive choice after another. Developing a habit begins with the smallest step, the first step, and incremental small steps help you achieve more than waiting for one big step.
Be consistency: In order to reach your ultimate goal, you must maintain small victories over time. Consistency in your efforts fosters self-discipline, teaches self-control, improves your overall personality, and creates momentum. When you are consistent, you have a sense of accountability and direction, which leads to advancement.’
Self-actualization requires you to be brutally honest with yourself about where you are, why you are there, and what you can do to move forward. With self-actualization, you gain mastery over your creativity, spontaneity, and problem-solving abilities. You have the ability to separate fact from fiction while avoiding prejudice.
Compassionate: Be empathetic with yourself; not everything happens all at once. Instead of becoming overly self-defensive or wallowing in hopelessness, self-compassion can provide a sense of safety that allows us to confront our flaws and make positive changes in our lives.
A great person once said, “The world needs dreamers and doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do”. The fact is that dreamers are not the ones that are remembered, doers are.