It's paying off, because God is a God of order and discipline. He does things in excellence. He's doesn't do things in an unorganized, chaotic, haphazard, sub-standard fashion. That means He's not going to bless a mess. He's not going to put His stamp of approval on the things we want that He knows aren't good for us. It doesn't matter how much we plan and how hard we work. It doesn't matter how much blood, sweat, and tears we shed to get it. If God didn't ordain it for our lives, it's not going to work for any considerable amount of time. It doesn't matter how much we get accolades and even the money we may get for it. If it wasn't sanctioned by God, it's not going to have any leverage and we will probably find ourselves miserable.
Follow God's order.