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Remember that you will be overwhelmed by your new business.

Take time to stop, put things in perspective, and keep focused on the enjoyable part of this big adventure. 


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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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What Readers Say . . .



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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Don't Let God Make You Lazy

by Karl W. Palachuk

A Joke:

Helicopter House Sam was a very devout man.  One day, he found himself caught in a flood.  As the water was up to his knees, a neighbor came by in a rowboat and offered him a ride to safety.  Sam replied "No thanks.  I believe in the Lord and he'll take care of me." 

The water continued to rise and Sam found himself crawling up a ladder to the roof.  As he reached the roof, a Sheriff's boat came by and offered to take him to safety.  But Sam told him "No thanks.  I believe in the Lord and he'll take care of me." 

Soon the sun began to set, darkness was all around, and Sam found himself sitting on the highest point of his roof, his feet in the water.  A rescue helicopter came by and lowered a ladder down to Sam.  But Sam shouted up "No thanks.  I believe in the Lord and he'll take care of me."

But the waters kept rising and eventually Sam drowned.

When he got to Heaven, Sam went to God and said "I don't understand.  I have tried to be a devout man.  I have believed strongly and prayed constantly.  And yet I am dead."

God replied "I don't understand either.  I sent two boats and a helicopter."

All too often in our lives, we turn over some very important things to God or fate, believing that we can ignore important things and they'll be okay.  There are many reasons for this.  Sometimes, we're overwhelmed with some aspects of our lives, so we ignore other aspects.  Sometimes we're lazy.  Sometimes, there's just too much stress and we don't have the energy to handle "one more thing."  Sometimes we're caught up in making money "today" and don't plan for tomorrow.

My wife and I recently bought one house and sold another.  The details are literally overwhelming.  And yet, in just a few weeks we made decisions that involve hundreds of thousands of dollars and a commitment that--at least on paper--will last 30 years!  In this situation, we relied on professionals:  realtors and lawyers and escrow people who deal with all the paperwork all the time.

Sometimes this delegation of details is appropriate.  But the bottom line is that you have to take responsibility for the big picture.  As my dear mother used to say . . .

"God helps those who help themselves."

Where do you turn over your responsibility and let someone or something take control in your life?  Here are some danger signs.  If you find yourself believing these statements, you have probably abdicated responsibility for some important aspects of your life:


The government will take care of it.  (Alternatively, "The government wouldn't let them do it if it wasn't safe.")


My husband handles the money.


My retirement's all taken care of (I have Worldcom and Enron stock!).


There's plenty of time to take care of that . . .


I'm too young (or old, or tired, or bored) to worry about that . . .


I don't need to exercise or watch my diet, I have these pills that take care of my hypertension and diabetes.


I don't want to think about dying and wills and probate right now.

What are you putting off that you don't want to deal with?  What parts of your life have you turned over completely to someone else?

This is one of those areas in which people know what they should do and yet refuse to do it.  Everyone should have a retirement plan.  Social Security and the Superball Lotto are not a retirement plan.  Everyone knows they need to take care of their health.  But "today" I'm not going to exercise and "today" I'll get away with the double-mondo grease burger.

A great deal of what we need is simply a matter of taking a little time every day to think.  We need to think about our lives.  Do we have a plan?  (Yes it will change, but any plan is better than no plan.) 

You can begin today.  Focus on yourself.  Take a little time--perhaps 20 minutes a day--to think about where you are and where you're going.  What have you turned over to others?  Do you feel in control of everything?  If not, what knowledge do you need to feel in control of things?

As with so many things, a daily focus on where you're going and how to get there will make every aspect of your life more meaningful.  Over time you'll see a unity between who you are and who you're becoming.  You'll find the "you" dealing with money and the "you" dealing with health and the "you" dealing everything else are all the same person.  Your life can be rational and focused and a lot more "in control" if you just spend a little time taking responsibility for where you're going and how you want to get there.

Don't say "God will take care of me" and then not pay attention to what's going on in your life.  Instead of two boats and a helicopter, maybe God sent two financial planners and an insurance salesman.

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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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