This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8 ).
To be a success in any field of human endeavour, whether in business, politics or in some kind of commerce, is not by accident. It must be prepared for; the future belongs to those who prepare for it. The one who fails to plan has most certainly planned to fail. That means nothing just happens. You make things happen.
Many good things can happen for you along the path of life without you necessarily preparing for them. But that’s just like ripe oranges falling off the tree; the best ones don’t fall like that all the time; you’ve got to pluck them off the tree. For example, you didn’t wait for salvation to “fall” on you. Though the Bible tells us the Lord Jesus consummated the work of salvation on the Cross and made it available to everyone, some people will still go to hell because they didn’t accept it. That’s not God’s fault; it was a choice they made not to accept it.
As a child of God, you’re the offspring of success, because your heavenly Father is a success. Jesus Christ is a success; you therefore, can’t be anything less. Success is your birthright. However, just because you’ve got the genes of success in you doesn’t mean you’re going to live up to your calling. You’ve got to do something about it. You’ve got to organize yourself for it. Plan for it and work towards it.
Success and failure are neither accidental nor mysterious. If you consistently practise the principles of success according to God’s Word, as recorded in our opening verse, you’re guaranteed to experience good success in every area of your life. On the other hand, the one who lives without vision, purpose and a sense of direction, will certainly experience failure in life. For many years, I’ve exceeded my goals, and the reason is simple: I chose to win and applied the principles of success. Success isn’t accidental, and it’s not enough to hope for it; you make it happen and it’ll be so.