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Fill your environment with positive, productive messages and your environment will reward you with a more positive, productive life.


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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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What Does Your Wall of Inspiration Look Like?

by Karl W. Palachuk

In my "other" business, and in my travels around the U.S. and Europe, I see a lot of offices. A lot of cubicles and workstations. Even a few lockers and help desks.

There seems to be a universal need for human beings to do two things with their work space. First, they personalize it. They put up photographs of friends and relatives as well as hand-drawn art from children.

Second, people tend to adorn their offices with quotes and commentaries on life. Some are large, stylish quotations in wooden frames behind glass. Others are posters, post cards, and even comic strips.

I treat these groups separately because I believe they represent two sides of our personalities. Pictures, mementos, and drawings represent our very personal side. We want to remember the spouse, the wedding, the get-together, etc.

The other stuff -- the commentaries and quotes and cartoons -- that represents more of our expressions about the world.

This is where you need to put some attention.

First, your commentaries on the world reflect your statement about how things are. Second, they reflect your goals and desires. So, your area represents both your reflections on how things are and reflections on how they can be.

Stop and look around. What does your workspace say about you? Is it a Wall of Inspiration or a Wall of Desperation?

If a visitor came to call (let's say, your mother, your boss, a customer, or a prospective employee), what would the visitor see? Not the cleanliness. Not the organization. What would your visitor see as a reflection of who you are and who you want to be?

Which of the following phrases describe your work area?













































Have a co-worker give you an honest assessment, then answer these two questions:

Question 1: Is that the image you want to project to others?

Question 2: Is that a collection of messages that will improve your attitude and level of success?



"Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal;


Nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude."


-- W.W. Ziege


I was on a coaching call the other day and someone mentioned the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. This is one of the most-cited books in the world of self-improvement.

Now ask yourself: What kind of "thinking" do you suppose Napoleon Hill had in mind? Whining and complaining? Blaming and self-pity?

No. Of course not.

The thinking you need to be successful (whether it's getting rich or some other goal) is positive thinking. You need to fill your space and your life with inspiration.

You need to build that wall of inspiration. Post your favorite quotations. If you don't any to post, I've got a few candidates at If you want a five-pack of 4"x6" post cards with some of my favorite quotes, email me. Free.

The point is very simple. When you look up from your work, do you see a sarcastic reminder of how horrible things are, or do you see something that makes you smile and encourages you to keep moving in the right direction?

Fill your space with positive messages. Post your goals for the year and this month. Put up joyful reminders of the fun things you do, and the things you want to do. Don't wait for someone else to "motivate" you: motivate yourself.

Fill your environment with positive, productive messages and your environment will reward you with a more positive, productive life.

Start today.

### RFS ###

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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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