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The 21-Day Challenge

The 21-Day Challenge is a powerful program designed for busy executives and entrepreneurs. It offers valuable insights into how the mind works under stress and introduces effective practices to stay relaxed, creative, and intelligent, no matter what the situation.


The 21-Day Challenge is a game-changer that aims to enhance self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and grit, providing an excellent opportunity for individuals to maximize their capabilities and reach their goals.


The 21-Day Challenge
If you don't set the tone of your day, who will? 

This spiral-bound journal is a gift for every participant in the challenge. Its purpose is to help participants stay committed to their goals and keep track of their progress. The journal prompts users twice a day to start journaling - a practice followed by many successful entrepreneurs, scientists, and other creative individuals for centuries to keep their ideas focused and organized.


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During times of stress, leaders are asked to show up with a level of emotional intelligence greater than ever required in the past. Everyone wants them to be problem solvers, think creatively and with compassion and equanimity, and be the beacon guiding their companies through difficulties.

Yet, leaders are not immune to the stressors we all face. 

Many of our leaders find themselves increasingly stressed, even burned out.

I created a 21-day challenge to improve emotional intelligence in short order.

The challenge's first component is understanding how the mind, aka the operating system of our lives, works. The health of our minds is the most significant determinant of our intelligence, effectiveness, and happiness; 

yet we need to learn more about how it works. Filling in this knowledge gap significantly improves self-awareness and personal power.

Secondly, it delivers short practices that, when brought into daily life, shift the mind from a place of anxiety and fear to one that is focused, creative, and even joyful. These scientifically validated practices take less than 10 minutes a day.

The Power of Peer Accountability

The challenge capitalizes on the desire for accountability within the group. Members share their daily progress with their accountability partners. This ensures their success with the program and builds their friendship and sense of connection to the group.

Value to Members

Members report that a few days into the challenge, their focus improves, they make better decisions, and feel less stressed. They also report an improved team spirit within the group and a more profound sense of connection to their peers.

The Stressed Mind Follows a Predictable Pattern

Faced with an uncertain future, we generate multiple worse-case scenarios and then attempt to troubleshoot each outcome.

We think like lizards: with tunnel-vision focus on our thoughts, exaggerating danger levels, seeing others as threats, and searching for quick fixes. We get hooked on stressful thought patterns.

This response may be helpful when facing a hungry predator but needs to be better suited to our modern-day challenges.

To move beyond this stress-induced dilemma, we need to shift our neurochemistry to take us out of the spiral of negative thinking.

The practices of the 21-day challenge boost our neurochemistry. Each exercise causes a "hit" of beneficial hormones that shift our mindset from self-absorption to generosity, scarcity to abundance, and fear to love. This mindset shift allows us to be the best version of ourselves and delight in life's journey.

After a short introduction to how the mind generates thoughts, 4–5 practices are introduced, including meditation, breathing exercises, and gratitude practices. Members then commit to practicing one of these days, using another group member as an accountability partner. 


It is my absolute honor to recommend Dr. Lara to anyone committed to mental health and wellness. Lara brings practical, down-to-earth knowledge and coping tools along with a very entertaining presentation style.

MARK TERRILL, Master Chair at TEC Canada

Insightful and engaging. A breeze of fresh air! Highly appreciated by all the members!


Getting to know Lara was an absolute pleasure. Her approach to life is exhilarating and enlightening. She brings her extensive medical acumen along with her inspirational message on how to create a mindset that clearly positions leaders for success. While it is peppered with fun anecdotes and stories, its relevance is solid and purposeful. Our CEO group was riveted and engaged, and taken with the true combination of “head” and "heart."


I strongly recommend Dr. Lara. Her discussion of the mind and how we think and operate was truly a pivotal moment for me. My family and my leadership team have seen a significant change in my demeanor and focus.

ANDREW ABRAHAM, President/Owner Searcy Physical Therapy

Very relevant to tools needed for daily effectiveness; great speaker.

I very much enjoyed the information and presentation style.


Excellent, engaging speaker: good balance of neuroscience and engaging the group in doing the “practices” to reduce stress.

The monkey mind and the mountain mind resonated well.

All my members have made a commitment to the 21-Day Challenge.

It was clear to see the impact these practices can have on a personal and professional level!



Great presentation and engaged the group totally.
This was an amazing presentation. Very thought-provoking. Personally, the topic and content were spot on and really helped me with my personal development.


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