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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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Are You Too Busy To Be Successful?

by Karl W. Palachuk

Have you noticed that really successful people seem less busy than other people--until you sit down and talk to them? Successful people are busy. Really successful people have more of an air of quiet accomplishment.


What's this difference, and how do I get it?


I think really successful people have developed a system for moving projects through to completion. Onto the plate, through to completion, and off the pate. Successful people work really hard getting things onto the plate and working the project. But they often don't have a system for getting things off their plate. These might be unfinished projects, or regular work that should be handed off to someone else.


Because we're all humans here, there are physical limits to what we can do. We can only have so many things "on our plate." Period. And when we get too many things on our plate, there's no room for even one more little thing. So we end up turning down opportunities because we literally can't do one more thing.


There are only three ways that things move off your plate: You finish them; someone else finishes them; or they become old and irrelevant and will remain unfinished forever. That third one is called failure. The second one is called delegation.


Notice that delegation equals success.


Really successful people can accomplish an unlimited number of things because they can acquire projects and have a system for moving them through to completion. They don't have to personally do everything. They just have to make sure the system works!


Really successful people have more of a sense of calm and balance because they know things will get done. They don't have lots of old, dead projects cluttering up their plate. In fact, their personal plate has a limited number of discreet projects.


In the article "Don't Stop at The Point of Apparent Success," we explore one of the key elements of moving projects along to completion. For any project, there's a point that seems like success. It feels like you're finished. But you're not finished and you can't stop there. If you stop at the point of apparent success, you really just leave projects on your plate.


Check it out.


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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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