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Notice when you are judging others and note whether it is useful to your personal happiness and success.


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-- Karl W. Palachuk



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Relax, Focus, Succeed was written for me… well… for anyone “like” me who’s ever had more to do or fires to put out than hands to pull out your own hair with. And since we’ve all been there at some point; this book will speak to you. Karl’s book reveals an escape from the ‘powering thorough’ that we do every day to get through a multitude of life without ever really ‘living’.


Relax, Focus, Succeed takes the reader down to the core of what makes us who we are and walks us through figuring out what we really want in life, how to maintain our center and create a well-balanced, happy, successful life. Karl is motivational and inspiring.

Hannah Welch
Marysville, CA
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I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by Karl Palachuk and found myself taking notes. His philosophy is that we need to slow down, take care of ourselves, and reprioritize our lives. I am guilty of being a workaholic and never feel like I'm accomplishing as much in a day as I should. But this is the first time I have ever given myself permission to take care of myself first--not to mention to enjoy my family and friends more.


And Karl was right, the work isn't going anywhere and the world won't stop spinning if I let it sit for awhile. This book is a true inspiration! I now schedule workouts into my schedule every day--something I never considered before. But I realized that I will be more productive in the long run if I'm taking care of myself. This is GREAT STUFF!

Stephanie Chandler
Sacramento, CA
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Karl has outdone himself in this book. I started reading this at a stop light and had to pull over and finish two chapters before halting my day and going home to finish the book. There are many practical and meaningful applications that are just helpful. I was pushing the limits of bad health and very bad overwork habits. This book has helped me tremendously. This book ranks with the quality of the E-myth.


You will pick this book up and have a hard time putting it down!

B. Vincent "Ben"
Auburn Hills, MI
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Judging Others

by Karl W. Palachuk

There is a need to balance judgment and non-judgment.  Judgment is the evaluation of whether things are good or bad, right or wrong, helpful or harmful, just or unjust.  And judgment itself is a powerful force that must be used with care.


Sometimes judgment is good and necessary.  We evaluate people to determine whether they will make good employees; we evaluate behavior in order to follow the correct path; we evaluate politicians to determine who will lead our government.  Without judgment there is no "moral compass" with which to evaluate the world.


If we seek "the good" then we require a tool to determine the good.  Careful, well thought-out, deliberate judgment will make us better people and make our society a better place.


Judgment can also be destructive.  Gossip and "judgmental" comments only serve to make others look bad.  They hurt the gossip as well.  And in our personal lives, we sometimes tend to spend all day passing judgment on everyone and everything.


Even if these judgments are unspoken, they have a powerful affect on us.  They steal our energy.  They fill us with negativity and leave no room for positive attitudes.  Judging everything steals our time and our "free thoughts."


When you have a spare minute in the day, your mind should wander to your loved ones, your goals, your (positive) future.  It should not dwell on how much make-up the waitress is wearing or whether the salesman needs to lose weight.


So judgment can be good or bad.  Of course this means we need to spend some time defining for ourselves which is which.  When should I judge things and when should I not?  Our society as a whole has the same dilemma.  But, whereas people tend to be too judgmental, American society tends not to be judgmental enough.


Our extremely-democratic society tends toward the view that we, as a society, should not judge right and wrong.  Everything's okay.  And as a result we have "moral decay" and we complain about it.


Radio advice talk shows succeed because they take a stand.  They proclaim a clear message:  This is right; that is wrong.  Whether they're right or wrong, they are consistent and provide the moral compass our society craves and yet somehow refuses to support.


You may be the type of person who takes on society and fights for a clearer sense of right and wrong.  But you better be prepared for a major battle.  Most of us won't take on the battle to bring good moral judgment to society.  For most of us, the challenge is big enough within ourselves.


Becoming less judgmental will give you a greater sense of calmness in your daily activity.  It will free up your time and your energy.


Do It Now.  Pledge to yourself to be less judgmental.  Start today.  Notice when you are judging others and note whether it is useful to your personal happiness and success.  Don't forget that there is plenty of positive judging.  After all, you want to buy the "right" suit and hire the best employee and paint your house an attractive color.  These decisions, if made correctly, will make you happier in the long run.


But don't waste your energy on whether a client has bad hair or your neighbor has an ugly dog.  After you get in the habit of judging your judgments, you can work on the habit of only passing judgment on things that matter and on things that increase the positive energy in your life.

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This is one of the best books I have ever read, I have many on business motivation as well as many for your personal life and these seem to contradict each other. Karl shows you how to create the necessary balance in your life. I did not realize how much unnecessary stress I was causing myself until Karl pointed it out, this made an immediate impact in my life in all three areas Personal, Family and Business. I highly recommend this book especially for anyone trying to run their own business.

Bret Meche

Opelousas, LA
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The most important thing Karl's book did for me was to remind me of how important it is to relax in order to be successful. Too often we get so busy that we forget to take time to relax in order to focus our minds and thereby succeed. Karl's exercises throughout the book are very practical.

Sue Lynn Canfield
Roseville, CA
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I love the way Karl's book makes powerful and grounded statements. He is motivational, informative and hits the nail on the head. I recommend his book highly and I recommend it to my clients who are working toward more balance and relaxation in their lives.

Jenifer Novak Landers

Folsom, CA
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I will be rereading this book constantly until I get every habit fully ingrained in my head. I am off to buy a notebook for my "quite time".

Thank you Karl!

Brielle Beard
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I have read, and re-read this book from cover to cover. Its a fantastic book.
This book shows you how to do as the title says Relax, Focus and Succeed.


Brilliant book . . . highly recommended.

Chris Timm
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