Focus, Goals & Dreams, Miscellaneous, Procrastination

Let’s Get S.M.A.R.T.

God really spoils me! Yes, I experience seasons of disappointment, hurt, pain and hardship but in the end it all works out for my good. I’ve heard many Christians say, “What God has for me no man can take away,” but I’m learning that maybe no “man” can take it away but “you” can.

To prove that “you” can get in the way of your own blessing, look at  the children of Israel who weren’t able to see the land God promised to them because of constant disobedience, “The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times—not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.” (Numbers 14:20-23). Or what about King David, an awesome man of God yet his mistakes hindered him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” (2 Samuel 12:11-12) Or even Judas, a man who walked with Jesus became so overwhelmed with his personal failure he pulled his own plug. “When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders.  “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple and left. Then he went away and hanged himself.” (Matthew 27:3-5)

I am a dreamer. A particular personality assessment deemed me a “strategic futurist thinker”, meaning I’m always looking for better ways to improve things. In my eyes, the future is bright but what I lack is execution. I have big and amazing ideas but lack follow through. I’ve been told the promise on my life but lately it seems more of a fantasy than a reality and it is no one’s fault but my own. I’ve taken advantage of God spoiling me and allowed laziness and procrastination to enter my life.  January is almost over but don’t lose sight of your goals! Below is my action plan for 2014 to help better execute my ideas.

Goal Action to achieve Completion date
Spiritual growth
  • Read at least 12 books in the bible
  • Intentionally pray, mediate or worship at least 70 minutes a week
  • Invite someone to my church
  • One random act of kindness a month
  • 40 day fast
  • Fast 5 times this year
  • Find a co-parent church
  • Dec 2014
  • Ongoing
  • Dec 2014
  • Ongoing
  • Feb 2014
  • Dec 2014
  • August 2014
Healthy living
  • Drink more water
  • Drink less alcohol
  • Drink less coffee
  • Do juicing cleanse
  • 25 by 25! (25lbs by 25 yrs. old)
  • Be active at least 4 days a week
  • Run in a 5k
  • Run a 5k by October 2014
Obtain financial freedom from consumer debt
  • Create and stick to a budget
  • Separate gas, grocery, bill and play money in separate accounts
  • Grow savings and emergency account 100%
  • Raise credit score 30%
  • Ongoing
  • Jan-Feb 2014
  • Dec 2014
  • Dec 2014
Forward progression at work/establish myself as a thought leader
  • Establish myself as a thought leader within my organization
  • Develop stronger leadership skills
  • Obtain a mentor in my organization
  • FY15
  • FY15
  • April 2014

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for guidance and wisdom to see Your plan through. God, You are doing a mighty thing with my life and I want to assist by putting in the hard work that You deserve. Lord, I want to pray against any distractions or hardships the enemy is sending my way to detour me from my goals. I thank You, Jesus, for patience and grace on this journey. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to make SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound)  goals this year. Supernatural is great because the testimony elevates people’s faith but it is my belief that when God has you work for something it gives you the ability to EMPOWER others in an unbelievable way. Appoint people to hold you accountable but understand at the end of the day YOU must do this.  Create a list and in December 2014 we will revisit this! Good Luck! This year remember 1 Chronicles 28:20: “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished. (You are God’s temple.)

What is one of your SMART goals for 2014?


Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

10 thoughts on “Let’s Get S.M.A.R.T.”

    1. I’ll pray for you as well, Tiffany! Isn’t lazyiness the devil?!? 🙂 I’ve been reading this book that, in short, says to find the one habit that can become a domino for other change to take place in your life. I realized my domino is sleep. I stay up late which affects my work, diet and spiritual life. Since I’ve started going to bed earlier I’ve had more energy contribute to other parts of my life. I hope this helps and pray you find your “domino”

  1. I like S.M.A.R.T. as a tool for goals! I agree that we can get in the way of our own blessings! Obedience is important!

    1. Thanks for reading, Venus! I’m glad this was helpful for you and excited that we can get S.M.A.R.T together. 🙂

  2. Thanks so much, Tannika! I’ll be praying for you as well! It’s not easy but very necessary for giving everything we can and empowering as many as we can!

  3. Dene`, You’ve done it again! Your writing is so different, yet soooo effective. Up until like August of last year I was a horrible procrastinator and terribly lazy too. God had given me all of these vision and glimpses into where I was going and the amazing things that He had planned for me but I refused to MOVE! Oh but when you get sick and tired of being sick and tired and you are ready to hit your kingdom, you will make some things happen! I thank you for sharing your goals for this year with our readers. I pray that they have been/will be EMPOWERED to make it happen this year and beyond!

    1. Thanks Kristen! 🙂 That means a lot coming from you! I know how hard you have been working in my eyes so I can’t imagine how hard you are working behind closed doors. I pray God continues to keep your fire lit and protect everyone in your circle so you will be free of distraction and worry. You deserve everything you are working on and I’m glad to be on your boat! 🙂

  4. Dene this was great! I stopped making goals for a while because although I knew about using the SMART method, I wasn’t using it effectively. “Time” has been my biggest hindrance. Putting a goal in the atmosphere with no completion date is futile. I am continuing to learn to do better in my business and personal life. It feels great to check an accomplished goal off of the list. Thanks reminding us to set goals the S.M.A.R.T. way.

    1. Yes! And I’ve learned that setting smaller goals that ladder up to bigger goals help me stay on track! I pray you have a big year in 2014 of not just making goals but achieving goals! Best of luck!

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