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You need to work the muscles of success--including the dreaming muscle.


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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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Dream Elaborately

by Karl W. Palachuk

You've certainly heard the advice that you should "Dream Big."  True enough, but you should also dream elaborately.  In fact, you should daydream elaborately.  Here's why.

Dreams are wonderful things.  I sleep very soundly and rarely remember my dreams.  Perhaps that's why I feel comfortable daydreaming (so I don't miss out on all the fun).

Dreaming--especially daydreaming--is one of those activities too quickly dismissed by our "success-focused" society.  But daydreaming is a great way to strengthen your muscles of success (see the related article here).

I don't mean casual dreaming.  I say:

Dream Elaborate Dreams!

We hear over and over again the power of visualizing our goals.  You know the routine:  "See yourself as the president of your own company . . . or the president of Microsoft . . . or President of the United States."

Elaborate dreaming is like that kind of visualization--multiplied by 100!  Here's an example.

Let's say your dream is that you want a new house.  The casual dream is that you want a house big enough for your music collection, with a nice back yard.

The elaborate dream is that you can see yourself walk through the house.  Is it in a brand new neighborhood, or a bit older with lots of trees?  Perhaps an old Victorian.  Or something in the middle.  What does the entryway look like?  What shelves and plants will you place there?  What color is the kitchen?  How will you fix it up?

The difference is obvious.  As you dream elaborately, you visualize all the details.  And as you go through the details--the walls, the floors, the fireplace, bookshelves, lamps, etc.--the house becomes more real to you.

Elaborate dreaming has several advantages.  First, the rich detail makes your house seem that much more real in your mind.  Instead of casual "someday" dreaming with words such as "I could" or "I might," you begin to thing "I will."  This positive attitude will help to make your that dream come true.

Second, elaborate dreaming helps you to look at the realities of your dream.  Rather than a nondescript, amorphous dream, you begin to see the specific positive and negative aspects of your dream.  And while we are reluctant to include these "negatives" as part of our dreams, they are very important to making the dreams come true.  As you begin to consider the cost of painting and furniture, the real cost of your dream begins to come into focus.

One of the most common reasons for failure in any venture (business or personal) is under-estimating the cost.  When planning a business, or a vacation, or a remodeling job, we tend to look at a few big numbers and ignore all the little ones.  For example, we look at the cost of the house, but not the new tile, the paint, the shelving, etc.

The third benefit of elaborate dreaming is that you get used to the details of the dream.  Just as you'll get used to living in the new house.  Having a detailed vision of what you want makes house shopping and buying much easier.  You'll be able to walk into a house and know in five seconds whether it's a contender. 

And when it's time to bargain for a price, you'll have a realistic sense of how much extra work it will take to  become your "dream home."  If it will take a lot of work, you'll be less willing to give in on the price.

There are many other examples as well.  If you are a business owner and thinking of hiring a new person, consider every aspect of the new position:  Salary, office space, candidate temperament, etc.  The more you "know" about the position, the better able you'll be to find the candidate, assign an appropriate salary, and fit this position into the overall company.

Elaborate dreaming is a great way to keep your mind busy and active.  Rather than be a couch vegetable (with your mind turned off), spend your time actively working out the details of your next great venture.  This is true for hobbies such as woodworking, weaving, and gardening.  It works just as well for business-related sales plans, workflow, and marketing.

Casual dreams never come true.

Why?  Because there's nothing to work on and there's nothing to work toward. With elaborate dreaming, you begin to divide the big dream into smaller pieces.  As you consider the details, you become immersed in the project.  As you identify the pieces, you identify tasks that can be accomplished.

All Dreams that Come True

Are Elaborate Dreams

This follows logically.  As you begin to actually make your dream come true, you will have to deal with the details.  You'll develop a plan a plan and a budget and a timeline.  You will do all the work necessary to make all the details come together.  At some point it stops being "the dream" and becomes "the project."  By the time the project is finished, someone has dealt with all the details.

The more details you work out beforehand, the better the outcome.

So begin today!  Dream elaborately.  Even if you end up not making every dream come true, you need to work the muscles of success--including the dreaming muscle.

Have a good time.


"Happy are those who dream dreams

and are ready to pay the price

to make them come true."

-- Leon J. Suenens


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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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