Day one. Countdown begun. Amid football games and parades, you don’t get a pass on the resolutions with which you brought in the New Year. The truth is, resolve without a game plan is hot air, pure and simple. Looking back on those 2015 resolutions, are you staring down the end of another year with lack of progress in tow?

In, Denzel Washington on Dreams & Goals, Denzel empowered a group of young aspiring actors. In it, he connected the matters of purpose and vision with deliberate and consistent action. At the core of that truth is the relationship of faith to works and the fact that one without the other leads to no results.

You’ve mastered the call things that are not as though they were part. You might even believe with all your heart. What Denzel is saying is that, with all of that you are only half-right. Faith is taking God at His word. Works is acting accordingly. Faith without works is DOA – dead on arrival. What’s missing is the action plan! So if this day finds you tired of a life of wheel-spinning frustration, still praying, till waiting and wishing for a life-long dream, it’s time to finally take control.

True desire in the heart for anything good is God’s proof to you, sent beforehand, to indicate that it’s yours already….that itch that you have to be whatever it is you want to be…is God’s poof to you to indicate that it’s already yours.[1]

-Denzel Washington

Interest vs CommittmentTake the control you have – right now. Decide that you are not at the whim of stolen vision and stolen dreams. Decide that, with each deliberate step you take toward destiny, you are leaving behind the old status quo. If you are ready to make that change, here are a few tips to propel your list of resolutions from “in tow” to “make it so!”

  1. Make a List: List all your New Year resolutions.
  1. Challenges to the Dream: Under each resolution, list all the things that would get in the way of making it a reality for you. This must include a serious evaluation of your mindset regarding the matter. If it’s weight loss, for example, list all the foods you’re weak for…especially those you can’t live without!  If it is a career change, list all the reasons you haven’t done it yet.
  1. Motivations: Now, for each resolution list your motivation for wanting that change.
  1. Game Plan: Get busy with the Game Plan! Having no game plan is a formula for automatic failure. For each challenge you listed, decide RIGHT NOW, what you will do not to be duped by it again.  In the weight loss example, for instance, what new way can the goodies be prepared that will make it healthier.  If it is a career change, make a plan to do something EVERY DAY that will move you toward the goal post. You might have to evaluate your current qualifications and resolve to seek certification or education in the skills necessary to QUALIFY for a career change.

You have these dreams . . . Dreams without goals remain dreams, just dreams, and ultimately fuel disappointment. Goals . . . on the road to achievement cannot be achieved without discipline and consistency.[2]

-Denzel Washington

  1. Action: Implement, implement, implement. Set reasonable goals and stay focused. Every single day you should be accomplishing something toward the goal.

When discouraged refer to your list of motivations! Reevaluate your list of challenges and make adjustments! Remember, each day is propelling us 100 miles an hour down life’s runway. We don’t want to be staring down the end of the journey with a payload of unrealized dreams in tow.


Linda F. Williams, MSW is a Certified Christian Life Coach and Certified Professional Life Coach, a trained psychotherapist, behaviorist and Author of Whose Apple is it, Anyway! Empowering Purpose to Achieve Your God-Ordained Destiny. She is the founder of Whose Apple Dynamic Coaching Services.

[1] KevOnStage (2014 May 26).  Denzel Washington on Dreams & Goals [Video File]. Retrieved from

[2] Ibid


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