The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, "Shout! For the Lord has given you the city!" Joshua 6:16 NIV
There exists an unlimited number of resources that offer advice and instruction concerning strategies for success. Once you have read a few of them it becomes clear that there are certain themes that are central to all of them. And one of those themes is the importance of creating and maintaing written goals. It has been well researched and documented that those that have written goals are more likely to be successful than those who do not have written goals.
The warning that should always accompany this advice is that written goals should emerge from our inner most dreams and be flexible enough to edit and amend when necessary. The biggest mistake that one can make is to write a goal based upon the expectations of others. Too many people live and die pursuing dreams that others have for them.
The second biggest mistake that one can make is to become a slave to a written plan! I am sure that Joshua did not have among his plans walking around the locked gates of Jericho once a day for an entire week and then doing it seven times on the seventh day. But that was the strategy that God gave Joshua. And Joshua's willingness to do something that was not in the plan caused him to lead his people to victory.
Joshua had been preparing to have a fight. God gave him an alternative that required no bloodshed or casualties to enter the city. We should imitate Joshua and let God overrule our plans with better plans.
"God, please review my plans and show me your plan. Amen"