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Be less cynical.
Allow yourself to to be inspired.


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"It takes relaxation--and focus--to create and understand the balance in our lives."

-- 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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Are You Open To Being Inspired?

by Karl W. Palachuk

Do you allow yourself to be inspired?  Or are you too cynical for that?


InspirationI think one of the most important contributors to your success is the ability to see qualities in other people that make you feel good and make you want to do better, work hard, and have the courage to try new things. 


When I hear about a blind person climbing a mountain, I am inspired.  When I hear about a young person doing something spectacular, I am inspired.  When I hear about an old person who takes on great new challenges, I am inspired.


Most of us will find success by working hard every day, being persistent, and growing successful over time.  But pointing to inspiring people and allowing ourselves to be impressed is very important.  It teaches us that great things are possible.  And great things are possible from normal people.  That's good news, because most of us are normal!


And where do you find inspiration?  That's the best part:  it's everywhere!  There are stories in the newspapers, magazines, and in all kinds of books.  Even television occasionally moves away from "The Stupidest Contest We Could Think Of" and has inspiring stories.


The key is, are you open to being inspired?  Being open to inspiration is an attitude you take with you when you start your day.  You have it when you stumble across a story, and you're able to receive the inspiration.  If you carry cynicism and sarcasm throughout your day, then no feat will ever inspire you.


I recommend that you look for books with inspiring themes.  These are often small collections of stories.  When you have a minute or two, read a page or two.  This habit will permanently improve your attitude.  After all, if you start your day looking at the goodness and the greatness in the world, your predisposition will be toward the positive side of life.  And that makes all the difference.


I recently picked up a little book entitled There's Always Time for Greatness:  Who Did What When From Ages 1-100.  A lot of it is simply "who did what," but there are some inspiring gems as well.  Like Mozart giving concerts across Europe at age six, or Yehudi Menuhin playing violin solos with the San Francisco Symphony at age seven. 


When we consider the outstanding feats of the young, it is humbling.  There is a level of greatness I don't possess (and you can't go back to age seven).  But impressive achievements should make us feel good about the human capacity to do great things. 


I personally don't know how any human being can run a marathon.  To me, that's impressive when anybody does it at any age.  But I know it's possible and I know I could do it if I set my mind to it.  I read that Dimitrion Yordanidis ran a marathon in Athens (in 7 hours, 33 minutes) at age 98!  I cannot run a marathon today.  And even if I start practicing, I won't be able to run one tomorrow.  But sometime in the next fifty-five years?  That I can do!


Sometimes, when we "grow up" we forget to dream.  Maybe we get too busy.  Maybe reality has too many pressing demands on us.  Maybe we have to wait until the next raise, or the kids move out, or after the house is paid off.  All of those excuses amount to one thing:  Fear.  Fear is a false barrier you put in front of yourself so you don't have to feel bad about not dreaming.


Success Ahead:  Next 20 Years No LimitsInspiration can help you overcome fear (and drudgery, and boredom).  Inspiration can bring you a life-giving force that allows you to dream.  I think too many people stumble through life with a crippling view of what can be done. The truth is, anything can be done!  First you have to be open to being inspired.  Then come dreams and schemes.  Eventually, actions have to follow because dreamers become dissatisfied with the here and now.  Once you start considering the possible, you will want to move toward it-

You will want to make it happen.  It's a natural and extremely powerful series of events.


Begin today.  Pick up one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books.  Or anything similar.  Don't be so cynical.  Goodness is everywhere when you take the time to look.  So is greatness.  And potential.  And success.  Begin by allowing yourself to be inspired. 

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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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