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Goal Setting:
The Most Important Thing In Your Life.
Without it, everything else is random, meaningless behavior.


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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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Getting Started with Goal-Setting

by Karl W. Palachuk

The first rule of goal-setting is to take it seriously.  That means


Don't rush it


Think about it


Work backward
(from your ultimate to to shorter-term goals)


Write down your goals.

One important conclusion to draw from all these rules:  Don't do hasty goal-setting in the week between Christmas and New Years.  Goal-setting is arguably the most important thing in your life.  

Goal-setting is

the most important thing

in your life.

The goals you set will determine the direction you head:  They will determine your life.  And not just this month or this year, but the rest of your life.

That's why it is so important to take goal-setting seriously.  Everyone knows the stereotype of people who make New Year's resolutions to lose weight.  Rather than have a real plan, they jump into heavy workouts every day--for a few days.  By the end of January they've given up on the gym and forgotten their "resolution" altogether.

Goal-setting is not a series of minor resolutions.  That's why you need to take it slow and think about it.  Start by resolving to take the month of January to think about where you've been, where you are, and--most importantly--where you're going in your life.

At the end of your life, what do you want?  At retirement, what do you want?  Ten years from now?  Five?  As I said, you're going to work backward.  Once you know the ultimate goals, you need to identify the milestones you need to reach between now and then.  These will eventually include goals for the next 12 months, 6 months, 3 months, and this month.

So you see, this is a big project.  Assign yourself one goal for January: Begin the process of setting goals for you life.  Don't do it in one day or one hour.  Think about it, pray about it, and work on it.

Write down your goals.  Then spend one hour at the beginning of every month to review your long-term goals.  Note successes in the last month and minor changes to shorter-term goals.  A journal may be useful as you revise and revisit your goals.

You need this repetition because these goals need to become part of who you are.  You've probably heard of the networking technique of giving your 30-second "commercial."  As people go around the room introducing themselves, each has a turn to say who they are and what they do in 30 seconds.  It is short and to the point so that you need to really work on making this 30 seconds as effective as possible.

You should employ this same technique to your personal goals.  Who are you and what do you want to do with your life?

You've got 30 seconds to answer . . .


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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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