[I am re-posting a blog that I wrote about a year and a half ago. I have made a few changes]
God wants you to succeed. He wants to be your best—the person that He created you to be. But this can only happen if you prepare well. Success is a choice. How well you prepare determines how much you will succeed. It is your job to plan; it is God’s job to open doors and to bless you (Proverbs 16:9). Someone said that “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
There are two kinds of preparation: involuntary preparation and voluntary preparation. Voluntary preparation is done out of one’s own initiative. Involuntary preparation happens because of the circumstances beyond one’s control. For example, you did not determine the family where you were born, some of the events [good and bad] that have happened to you. God says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). You can take advantage of all these circumstances to accomplish your dream. Before David fought Goliath he fought a lion and a bear. Every battle you face is designed to train, prepare and build your confidence and character.
Proverbs 6:6-8 (NIV) Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.
- Before you reach your destination, you need to determine what your destination is in the first place. You need to ask yourself: “Where do I want to go? What is my dream or my destiny?” Your vision must be as clear as crystal if you really want to succeed.
- The second set of questions you need to ask is: “Where am I? What do I have?” The answer may be: I am jobless, I am a single young professional, I am just out of a broken relationship, I have a job but it is not the kind I really enjoy, I am a student, etc. This is important because if you really what to go forward you need to identify what you are up against.
- Then there is the third set of questions you can ask: What kind of resources do you need to accomplish your dream? Who will be your mentors? You need to get people who are ahead of you. They will be your guides. The scriptures say that Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed (Proverbs 15:22). Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance (Proverbs 20:18). What competences do you need to develop? Before we embark on the project or dream that God has given us, it is important to have working knowledge about it. It is not enough to have passion, zeal or anointing. Much as these things are needed in ministry, knowledge is important. If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success (Ecclesiastes 10:10).
Remember that how well you prepare will determine how much you will succeed.
“For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).