Category: Empowering Community

By Tara Alexander

In today’s society, you have to make a clear and consistent effort to stay on course. Everywhere we go, there are billboards, advertisements and things that will try to make you come its way or buy into it. 24 hours a day, there is someone wanting your attention and your money. Our job is to identify distractions and stay focused on what we are supposed to be doing. We need focus in order to enjoy this life and to live it to the full. Your rest days even need focus. You need to be present in the moment so that you don’t lose the moment.

I was reading a study about phone cameras. I was amazed to find out (I didn’t notice it before) that many times people can’t truly enjoy the moment because they’re taking a picture of the moment. Just think about it… you can’t scream at the graduation because you’re the one with the camera. You can’t sing along at the concert because you’re trying to record it. You can’t enjoy the dinner for two because you’re too busy taking pictures of it. I must admit I am so guilty. Although there are times that we can savor things by taking a picture. There must be times that we forget about the phone, ignore the text and let things wait until later. Unplug from outside forces so you can plug into your family, your business, your life, your dream!

Distractions are like weeds. When you find weeds in your garden, you must pluck them out. When you find weeds in your life, you must do the same thing. You have to find ways to get yourself back on track to success. You have to say no to what is getting you off course.

If you want to Overcome Distractions & Stay Focused, here are a few things to remember:

(1) Pray Daily

When we take time to talk to the manufacturer, He will show us how to function properly. Who knows us better than the one who made us?

(2) Plan Your Work & Work Your Plan

Give yourself a schedule and stick to it because other than that, you’ll be yanked around all day.

(3) Everybody’s emergency is not yours

There are real needs in the world but don’t get caught up with thinking that you are the fixer of all things. Your friends can wait sometimes. Though we care and act to help others, you don’t need to drop everything every time. (This is hard for me too.) Pray and ask God how to best help in the situation. He’ll show you when to run in and when to wait.

(4) Don’t scroll your day away

Schedule a time for social sites rather than check it all day. If you like it, include it in your schedule but don’t keep checking all day. Just schedule a time for it. The extra time you save may help you get that chore done, write a new song, finish a chapter, etc..

(5) De-clutter  Your Life

Determine to get organized. Find some help if necessary. There are people anointed to help in this area. There are people that can help you get your office, your home, your finances together. Find them and take their advice. When you know where things are, you can get more accomplished. (Ouch!)

(6) Be Honest with Yourself

If you know there’s more you can be doing with your day, more you can be doing with your life, face the truth and change directions. You have to be willing to be honest with yourself.  This also a part of the spiritual healing process. Ask God for the grace to get things done. When you use your natural ability and ask God for His supernatural strength, He can empower you to do anything. He’ll give you the grace for the race!

(7) Keep Looking at the Vision

If the bible says that without a vision, people perish… I believe it is also indicating to us that with a vision, people live. When you have a vision, it brings life to your day. When you are working on something and it is before you all the time, you can get it done. Keep the dream, vision board, sales target, etc. in front of you. Hang it up where you can see it. Talk about it. Pray over it. Prophesy to it. Work on It! Keep the vision before you and you won’t have time to get off course. You’ll be constantly reminded that there is so much work to do.  You’ll be reminded that there are people (including your family, your customers, your community) who absolutely need you to stay on track.

© 2016 Tara Alexander … All Rights Reserved

Tara Alexander

Tara Alexander is committed to empowering lives and building community. She believes that the talents we have must serve for a greater purpose and intends to use her life helping people embrace that truth. For more articles and info go to or For inspiring music by  Tara Alexander go to iTunes and/or Amazon.

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collaboration-not-compromise-control-agile-blog-solutionsiqBy Tara Alexander

Collaboration is a powerful tool in the hands of people who understand that their gifts and talents can be combined for a greater good. When we come together as Christians we are not losing a piece of ourselves but we are gaining more of Him! People sharpen us to become more like Jesus. Your strength combined with mine may be just what the community needs. Collaboration often precedes powerful work in any community. We can join forces to create a space where lives are changed, communities are healed, people are helped and God’s purposes are truly fulfilled.

Here are things to ask yourself as you contemplate collaboration:
  1. What specifically are we aiming to do?
  2. Does the collaboration/project/idea reflect my spiritual beliefs?
  3. Am I the person that God called to lead this venture or am I the person who will support it being done?
  4. What gifts do I have that can support the project/idea?
  5. What gifts am I “willing” to share?
  6. What am I “not willing” to share? Why?
  7. How much time can I invest in this collaboration?
  8. What am I expecting as a return on my investment of time?
  9. Do I want to be paid for my skills? If so, how much, why & when?
  10. Am I willing to pray continually for the success of this collaboration?
  11. Are my motives to see its success even without me involved?
  12. Can I serve even if I am not chosen to lead?
  13. Do I have the maturity to stay as we work out the kinks of working together?
  14. Do I have the interpersonal skills to work as a team member?
  15. Do I need training in order to work more effectively with others?
  16. Who will take responsibility for this work if it is not what we expected?
  17. Who do I want to get the credit for this work if it is successful?

© 2016 Tara Alexander … All Rights Reserved

Tara Alexander

Tara Alexander is committed to empowering lives through community outreach, teambuilding, entrepreneurship and the arts. She believes that the talents we have must serve for a greater purpose and intends to use her life helping people embrace that truth. For more articles and information about Tara Alexander go to or