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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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Book Review: The Relaxation Response

by Karl W. Palachuk

The Relaxation Response was originally released thirty years ago. It was written in 1975. When it was new, the concepts of mind over body and increasing health by reducing stress were very fresh.

Unlike a great deal of the literature on non-traditional medicine and health, this book is written from a thoroughly researched, medical perspective. The author, Herbert Benson, M.D., is a physician, researcher, and member of the faculty at the Harvard Medical School.

The book provides an excellent description of the physical changes that take place during two types of human responses to the environment. We've all heard of the "fight or flight" response. When humans lived in the wild, in danger from ferocious animals, this response was very useful. When faced with a dangerous situation, our bodies automatically fill with adrenaline and we prepare to either fight or run.

That response produces a sudden increase in blood pressure. Continually triggering this response results in long-term elevated high blood pressure. High blood pressure, in turn, results in heart disease, stroke, and a large variety of other ailments -- all of which lead to pain, suffering, and early death.

Clearly, this is to be avoided.

But is is also the case that our modern society is filled with stress-induced versions of the fight or flight response. We rarely face off against a wild tiger, but we frequently come face to face with difficult people, heavy traffic, irritating customer service experiences, etc.

All these stresses of modern life can trigger the same physiological changes as the fight or flight response. And, of course, result in the same bad health effects.

The second response Benson discusses is what he calls the Relaxation Response. This is the opposite of the fight or flight response. The relaxation response is triggered when we can slow down, calm our minds and our hearts, and allow our physical body to be calm and stress free.

Benson demonstrates how we can bring on this physical response through specific techniques, including meditation. He shows, further, that continued triggering of the relaxation response results in lower blood pressure, less heart disease, etc.

The bottom line is very simple. You can train yourself and your body to elicit this response. Doing so will have a permanent positive impact on your physical and mental health. Obviously worth doing.

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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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