Friday, October 16, 2009

100 Day Challenge

We can all use a jump start so I thought I would share this with you daily for the next 100 days with permission given from Ryan Blair.
I have been taking this daily challenge by Ryan Blair, it is awesome program he has put together. It is similar to The Secret but it also give the execution of what to do each day that one can apply to life whether your seeking better health, better business, more endurance (you get the picture).
Apply to everything!
I receive daily with his program a link to go to, that has a power point video with him talking. Each day it gives me ambition to push a little harder on what I am trying to accomplish. Just when I weaken and think I cant go on, then here comes his next email and it brings me right back up to where I need to be with, another goal.
Each day, I am making another move in the right direction and not wimping out!

The Introduction email is quite lengthy, don't worry the rest are much shorter. Each day I am going to present you with the challenge of the day permission given by Ryan Blair at http://www.startfastfinishstrong. com/

Welcome to The 100 Day Challenge

Congratulations on your decision to participate in the 100 Day Challenge where our mission is to inspire, promote, and celebrate excellence.

You make hundreds of decisions every day. Some matter more than others. But joining the 100 Day Challenge is one of the most important decisions you will ever make in terms of your life’s success.

You are not alone. The 100 Day Challenge is a global community of like-minded people dedicated to a common purpose–creating lives of excellence.

I’d like you to look at the 100 Day Challenge as a global Circle of Excellence, and in the following pages my aim is to introduce you to the challenge, explain the importance of committing your life to excellence, and to set the stage for the great adventure you are about to undertake.


The pursuit of excellence is not only politically correct, it’s also highly profitable.

Excellence is a form of currency and a commitment to excellence can help you capture true wealth and realize the inherent value of your potential, while a lack of commitment devalues potential, credibility, and reputation.

Each of us must determine the specific achievements we must accomplish in order to deem our own life “excellent.”

Your responsibilities in doing this include choosing a career path, deciding what to and what not to believe in, what to learn and apply in life, and what actions to take.

You can help yourself with these responsibilities by consistently asking one simple question: How are your thoughts and actions reflective of a life committed to excellence?

To ensure maximum value from the 100 Day Challenge, you must commit not only to your own personal advancement, but to inspire, promote, and celebrate excellence with everyone inside this circle of excellence.

The following plan will show you how to start on your path.


Excellence is a quality, a standard, and the expected norm of our community which is best represented by the words Alpha to Omega. From beginning to end, first to last, and from start to finish–excellence always!

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In our world it has come to signify a beginning, the first step on the path to a goal. Alpha may be a plan, an action, or intention, but without it, one can never reach any goal.

Omega is the twenty-fourth and last letter of the Greek alphabet. Reaching it means you have gone through all the steps and reached your goal. You have accomplished what you set out to do, and demonstrated excellence throughout the journey.

But in the Circle of Excellence, omega does not mean the end. The reaching of one goal, frees you to set another, much more challenging goal.

So, while omega marks an accomplishment, it is the link between accomplishing one thing, and setting a new challenge. It is the link that completes and expands the circle of ever-increasing success and excellence.


Besides plans and goals, we have other circles in our lives. We all belong to circles of people: some we don’t choose, some we do.

Our families, our neighbors, our schoolmates, and the people we work with are circles not of our choosing.

Our friends, our loved ones, our trusted colleagues, and our dependable advisors comprise people we have chosen to be in our lives.

Both types of circles always exist, but we can expand and contract them as our needs and each circle’s contribution toward meeting our goals changes.

You have chosen to join the 100 Day Challenge and become part of a global Circle of Excellence because it is a community of people who all are dedicated to living a life of excellence.


“What is “excellence?” Think of it as the process of continually growing and improving yourself and your life. Excellence entails achievement and accomplishing goals that can be measured by constantly asking the question, “Is what I’m doing truly reflective of a life committed to excellence?”

Your greatest responsibility in seeking excellence is to define what this means precisely in your life, then to choose the best course of action to make it happen.

Excellence is not a relative term; it is the standard by which you must judge what you do. You will quickly discover that committing yourself to a life of excellence cannot be accomplished haphazardly.

Excellence never occurs by accident. It always comes as the result of quality thinking and purposeful execution.

To become the person you were meant to be, everything you do must be done with the single purpose of achieving excellence. You must do it with the unshakeable belief and understanding that excellence counts.

You must live and die in the spirit of quality and excellence. The measurement of your “best” begins and ends with the marks of excellence-nothing less.

Why should you actively participate in this Circle of Excellence?

Because a circle is infinite and repeating the three steps in the circle – to inspire, promote, and celebrate excellence – it will lead you to ever-higher accomplishments.

* Inspire. Your personal goal, and that of the 100 Day Challenge community, is first to Inspire.

By always setting the highest standards for each of your goals, you will inspire others to believe in you. You will also be a beacon that shows those around you that striving for excellence in all of their endeavors is a noble ideal.

* Promote. The second arc in the Circle of Excellence is to Promote the goal of excellence – for yourself and for those around you.

No matter how high your standards, or how often you meet those standards, you are not living a life of excellence if you do not bring others along with you. You must actively advocate for the practice of virtue, dedication, reason, and integrity in the pursuit of excellence.

* Celebrate. The final arc that completes the circle is to Celebrate excellence.

You can inspire others and promote excellence only if others see what having high standards can bring to their lives. And why should you care if other people strive for excellence? Will they not become your competitors? No! They will become your inspiration.

Some people perpetually create their own dissatisfaction by consistently slipping into mediocrity. This can easily be fixed, right now by simply deciding to quit doing less than excellent work. What a profound idea!

Mediocrity is a choice; it’s not always made consciously, but it is still a choice.

You commit career malpractice every time you do things in a mediocre manner; every time you show up late; every time you are unprepared. There is no inherent value in mediocrity, there is no reason for people to stop and pay attention to you or your work.

Choose never to compromise your talent, quality, and high standards, and you will never choose mediocrity.

Being world-class has nothing to do with size, education, or bloodline; it has everything to do with decision, commitment, action, and persistence.

Excellence is a destination for anyone who appreciates, respects, and demonstrates hard work and good judgment.

But excellence is not something that you attain, and then put in a trophy case. It is a habit–a momentary happening–a crossroad where the body, mind, and spirit all work together.

Excellence requires that a price be paid; whatever you are willing to pay in sweat to find it and keep it in good working order.

Those who have legitimately reached the summit of their careers, relationships, gamesmanship, have worked harder and longer; studied and planned more assiduously; practiced more self-denial; and overcome more difficulties than those who have not risen as far.

You can become excellent in a second-beginning right now. Start by visualizing yourself as the best teacher, artist, manager, coach, or parent that you aspire to become-and start acting the part.

We all have a range of career choices and opportunities, but we expand this range and quality of our choices when we practice excellence.

Adversely, we blackball ourselves from future opportunities when we do mediocre work. Therefore, attempt to make every opportunity one of importance, because every opportunity counts.

What is considered excellent today will become the minimum cost of admission tomorrow. You’re only as good as your last performance. The bar is constantly being raised, and if you don’t produce excellent results consistently, someone else will.

There is absolutely no grace period for mediocrity, and you must have a zero tolerance policy for it. People expect the best and if they can’t get it from you, they’ll find it elsewhere.

The reality of life is that most people are not hard acts to follow, and that’s exactly why a commitment to excellence is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Excellence is a guilty pleasure, as it’s respected, admired, and serves as the triumphant accomplishment of those unwilling to accept anything less than your absolute best.

Excellence is achieved via qualitative, not quantitative, shifts in developing skills. So by participating in the Circle of Excellence you have chosen to become part of a qualitatively different world, where excellence is expected and practiced by each person within the circle.


The following are the seven guiding principles of the 100 Day Challenge. They serve as the building blocks in starting and sustaining the construction of your ideal future.

I. You must always live a virtuous life. It is not enough to just live; you must live with nobility and honor.

II. You must always act to inspire, promote, and celebrate excellence in yourself and in others.

III. You must always choose your actions based on good reasons and good reasoning, not of fear, self-interest, or other short-term considerations that compromise long-term opportunities.

IV. You must always seek out the truth and live with it, even if that truth is unpopular or uncomfortable.

V. You must always rely on principles which stand the test of time and changes of circumstances. The conclusions you draw from them must be ones you which you can be constantly faithful.

VI. You must always do the right thing and never do wrong willingly, even when others have wronged you.

VII. You must always keep your promises and honor your commitments, provided that they are just.

By mastering one principle, one day at a time, you will build a stairway to higher and higher attainment. Your stairway will be strong because you have concentrated on one thing at a time.

Let’s Get Started

Have a Happy and Healthy Day,

Gina Kopera M.H.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

New Book "Cure Yourself Naturally" Helps Readers Weather the Health Care Crises

New Book "Cure Yourself Naturally" Helps Readers Weather the Health Care Crises

The author's lengthy struggle with illness eventually led her to natural cures that worked

Council Bluffs, IA -- Few things are worse than being sick with a serious illness and finding your doctor can't cure you, all the while health care bills mount at a frightening pace.

That was the experience of author Gina Kopera as she struggled with multiple sclerosis. "Even after spending $30,000 on doctors, medicines, and insurance, I was no closer to being cured than when I started. It was devastating," Kopera said.

Far from giving up, Kopera was determined to find a cure for her illness, eventually turning to alternative remedies. These treatments worked.

The story of Kopera's experience is the subject of her new book "Cure Yourself Naturally -- what to do when your doctor cannot heal you." The book and eBook is available at and Amazon.

"I wrote the book to encourage others to take control of their own health. Many people can't blindly accept what their doctor tells them. As well trained as your doctor is, he or she simply may not know how to cure you," Kopera said.

For Kopera and millions of others, alternative medicine has been the answer. Herbal remedies have been used by cultures around the world for thousands of years. Kopera, who is a Certified Master Herbalist, uses these treatments that date back more than 2,000 years to the time of Hippocrates.

"What we tend to forget is that most of today's expensive prescription drugs get their ingredients from plants, many of which have been used by native cultures for centuries. So going directly to the herbs themselves gets you benefits the way nature intended them," Kopera said.

The Natural Institutes of Health, the department of the US government that does the lion's share of medical research, is now devoting an entire division to alternative medicine. Even in conservative medical circles, doctors are looking for ways to incorporate herbal treatments in their mainstream practices.

"Cure Yourself Naturally" also includes the story of how Kopera cured her son's Epilepsy. "Any parent or grand parent who is struggling with a child's illness will find this story inspirational. You'll come away with some excellent ideas you can use right away," Kopera said. offers a wide range of information on natural healing and treatments, including popular herbal products.