before you can move forward.

In Genesis 24, Eliezer had a number of barriers to his goal of finding a wife for Isaac. He had to figure out how to get to a country he’d never been to, then he had to find the right woman he’d never met. And then he had to convince her to go back with him to a country she’d never been to and marry a complete stranger. Oh, and he had to convince her parents to let her go! Most people would call that "mission impossible."

Step #6 -- Create a step-by-step plan

"May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed." Psalm 20:4 (NIV)

In Genesis 24:12-14, we see that Eliezer designed a simple but well-thought plan to find Isaac’s wife. He took ten of Abraham’s camels with him, loaded with samples of the best of everything Abraham owned. He journeyed to Nahor and then made the camels kneel down outside the town beside a well.

Eliezer then prayed, "O Lord, God of my master, Abraham, please give me success on this mission. See, I am standing here beside this spring. This is my request. When a young woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, ’Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.’ If she says, ’Yes, have a drink, and I will draw water for your camels, too,’ let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of my master’s son." (Genesis 24:42-44 NLT)

Now this was a big deal because camels can drink a lot of water. So that meant the woman would have to draw 20, 30, maybe 40 buckets of water. That’s a serious commitment. And that’s the kind of woman Eliezer was looking for - a woman who was kind, generous, had a servant’s heart, was willing to help someone in need and would go the extra mile.

And you know what? His plan worked. A woman named Rebekah offered Eliezer a drink of water and then she offered to water his camels also.

As you make plans to overcome your barriers and achieve your goals, I want you to ask yourself two questions.

1. How do I intend to get there once I know what my goal is?
2. How long will it take?

The second question will determine your schedule, your deadlines, and your timetable. This will help you think through a course of action.

Now you may be thinking, this is a lot of work. It’s going to take time." You’re right, it will take time. That’s why 95 percent of Americans have no written goals.

A recent Harvard study showed that only 5 percent of Americans have written goals and many of them are among the highest earning people in the nation. That’s because successful people are willing to make sacrifices and put in the time of preparation that unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do.

You can either drift through life or you can be directed through life by taking the time to think through where God wants you to be. Is your future worth the effort? Yes, absolutely!

Step # 7 -- Be patient and persistent

"These things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will