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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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When Life is Perfect, Take a Snapshot

by Karl W. Palachuk

Many years ago, when I had my first consulting job, I remember driving to work. It was a long ways. I drove from the south end of the county to the north end of the county--about 45 miles total. Three days a week I had to get there for a 7:00 AM meeting. So, I was basically on the road from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

And I still remember a certain point in the drive when I would find myself saying "I love this job." Every day. I liked the people I worked with. I liked the company that owned my contract. I liked the company that paid to have the work done. I liked everything about it.

That's why I took a "snapshot" of that job.

A snapshot is an old term from the early days of photography. It means to take a picture quickly, as opposed to setting up the scene. Ansel Adams set up his photographs. He never just pulled out the camera and snapped a picture.

A mental snapshot can be taken any time. You simply stop and make mental notes about what you're experiencing. I'll give an example of a positive snapshot. Let's say you've just taken on a major new project. You're very happy. Intellectually you know that, down the road, things may not be so smooth. But right now, you want to bask in the good feelings. Here's what you do.

First, take some quiet time so you can focus on this wonderful moment.

Second, close your eyes and think about why you're happy right now. What elements of this experience do you like? Does it make you feel like a winner? Does it remind you of some other pleasant experiences.

Third, open your eyes and make a picture in your mind. What visual cues will help remind you of this moment? Is there a smell or a flavor you want to remember? Is there anything else that's memorable about this moment and this experience?

Fourth, wrap it all up. Go through the memory again. Where are you? What do you see? What do you feel? Mentally put your arms around the experience and pull it close to you.

Finally, give it a name. You might say "This is what it feels like to win a contract." or "I am absolutely the best person for this job." Say the words out loud and associate them with the sight, the smell, the feel.

The more time you give yourself to go through this, the longer that memory will last. As you go through these five steps again and again and again, you make impressions inside your brain. The more you go through it, the more it sticks.

Intoxication and Hangover

John P. Sisk was one of my favorite professors in college. In February 1972 he published an article in Commentary Magazine ( entitled On Intoxication. In that article he spells out a very powerful theme that exists in literature as well as life.

We all enjoy intoxication of one kind or another. It might be power, or money, or fame: whatever intoxicates us at the moment. And with all intoxication comes hangover. Perhaps not a pounding headache, but the realization that great victories also have great challenges.

For example, making the big sale is intoxicating. But the hangover comes when you start laying out the details involved in delivering the promised goods. The new job is intoxicating, and the first week on the job is usually pretty good. But at some point, the challenges overshadow the great victory.

That's why it's so important to take a snapshot of the great moments in your life. You'll want to come back to this place, this time, this moment. Taking a snapshot gives the ability to return to the moment of triumph. And that may just be the extra support you need to get through a tough time.

Important safety tip: Don't take negative snapshots. In other words, don't spend your emotional energy fuming and aggravating yourself over a bad experience. Whether you intend to or not, this will create a snapshot that will stick in your brain.

Let it pass. Don't dwell on the negative. Reinforce positive feelings, emotions, and experiences. Maybe you will even be strong enough to bring back a positive snapshot when you have a bad experience. This takes practice. Most people never do this.

Instead of dwelling on the negative, pull out your "photo album" of positive snapshots from time to time. Dwell on the highlights of your life. Sometimes (very often) people get caught up in the daily grind and don't take time to focus on the positive.

Pull out that mental photo album and recall the great moments in you life. Relive graduation, getting married, having a baby, buying your first house. You have total control over your conscious mind. Choose to dwell on the high points of your life and it will make you a more positive person. It will also make you more optimistic.

And despite how the world appears on television, it is positive, optimistic people who create the greatest, most lasting achievements. Be one of those people.



"Memory is the treasury and guardian of all things."

-- Cicero



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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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