During thirty-plus years of business, leadership, and consulting, and a lifetime of living with relationships, setbacks and victories, I have learned a few things about success and failure. One key trait of success is the ability to formulate a plan and walk out the activities necessary to see it happen. Another is being purposeful in doing what is necessary to achieve the desired results. This applies to every area of your life.

In my experience, every opportunity for success also has the risk of failure. My idea of success and the things God put on my heart will be different from what God put on your heart, and that’s okay. The Word of God tells us what success looks like to Him, and you can extend that into the calling you have in your business, your family, your marriage, and your personal development.

Success is persistence to accomplish a desired outcome no matter how long it takes. And failure is quitting before the desired outcome is reached. ‘For the lovers of God may suffer adversity and stumble seven times, but they will continue to rise over and over again. But the unrighteous are brought down by just one calamity and will never be able to rise again .’ Proverbs 24:16 TPT. When you seek the Lord to discover your purpose, you can more easily formulate a plan and walk it out to achieve a life of success.