2) Assemble [a team]
3) Ask [for help]
4) Formulate [a plan]
Exodus 3:18 "The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.' ' 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. 20 So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them.
I'm a follower of sports - local, college and professional. I even get to state my opinions about the sports world on a local television show. Over the years, I have noticed that the successful sports franchises and those sports at lesser levels (i.e. college & high school), first make a game plan before charging out onto the field of battle. These plans range from a 5 year plan to reinvent their entire franchise to a plan to win a big game against their cross town rival. The managers and coaches recognize that in order to get to point B (success or a win) they must start at point A (a plan, a strategy). And after the scheme is made, preparation must follow closely behind before it is implemented.
In the Scripture verses above, we see the importance that God places on creating a plan. The end goal was to get the Pharaoh to release the Jewish slaves from captivity. In order for the desired outcome to be realized, God mapped out the steps: choose a leader (Moses), get him help (Elders, Aaron), go to Egypt, ask the Egyptian government to release the Jews, and if necessary, show Pharaoh God's might. In order for the plan to succeed, the steps had to be followed in order to be successful.