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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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Product Review: Freeze Framer

by Karl W. Palachuk

HeartMath ( sells two products designed to help you learn to control these same physiological responses. They use different terminology, but the result is the

The concept behind these two products is identical. In the old days we called it "bio-feedback" but didn't have cool tools at a reasonable price. These devices measure certain aspects of your heart rate and help you learn to control your stress levels by controlling your physiology.

Most of us have never tried to control our heart rate or other autonomic functions. But learning to do this is surprisingly easy. You learn a few techniques and see the physical changes. Very quickly you are able to trigger these changes on demand.

The first product is called Freeze Framer 2.0. Freeze Framer is a software package that comes with a a little gizmo to monitor your heart rate. You put your finger in the device and Velcro it in place.

The software then measures heart rate and, more importantly, the variance between beats, the changes within beats, etc. A heart rate is a lot more than thump thump thump.

The argument used to sell this technology is that increased "coherence" between certain aspects of the heart rhythm are associated with positive health of the heart, nervous system, and so forth.

The "technique" needed to create this coherence is very simple. Sit quietly, relax, and bring a positive emotion to mind, such as love, caring, or appreciation. The basic software displays heart rate, heart rate variability, and time spent in the higher "coherence" range.

You can simply run the software in this view and watch progress. But wait, there's more.

The software also comes with three "games" you can play. In each, there's a scene on the screen and it changes based on your physiological response. For example, one game has a hot air balloon that rises and moves across a landscape as you elicit the relaxation response.

My first impression was that this was unnerving. The scene has the feel of an old style video gave. I was afraid that I would crash the balloon into a tree or fence. And, of course, that fear made the balloon go down! Of course the balloon does not crash. Nothing blows up. You get used to it.

The emWave is the second product. It works on the same principle as the software, but requires no computer.

emWave is a handheld device with a finger pulse reader and lights to indicate heart rate, coherence level, and a few other variables.

I like the portability, but the device has too many settings. It's nice that it can measure everything the software can measure, but it's more work to figure all this out than most people are willing to go through.

For example, you can press the top or bottom of the one button with fast, medium, or long pressure. Various combinations of these results in various "programming."

If you're a computer geek this programming process may remind you of an Altair.

The displays are great. You get lots of light that change colors to indicate different things. The displays are surprisingly obvious given that they're just lights.

I suspect most people will use the default settings and not figure out all the other stuff the device can do. As a result, it becomes essentially a one-function device. If you want that one function and use it regularly, then it will have met it's goals. Otherwise, the price is a little steep.

Both products are great for people who want to learn "the relaxation response." If you've never meditated, or find meditation difficult, these are great aids. If you have meditated, you might find them more fun but perhaps less useful.

I prefer to meditate with my eyes closed. It has taken some getting used to being aware of the monitor. It is not distracting, however, as your attention is totally focused on the screen. This is good because your attention is not on finances, errands that need to be run, the leaky roof, etc.

The Freeze Framer software also has audible tones that tell you when you move from low to mid to high "coherence" levels. So you can meditate with your eyes closed and just hear the occasional sound.

Both products come with excellent guides to the product and to the techniques needed to control this "relaxation response."

The bottom line for me is that I prefer the software-based product and I intend to use it along with other forms of meditation.

Freeze Framer sells for about $300. emWave sells for about $200. They're expensive "toys" but you'll easily save that much money on healthcare in the next year if you use one of these devices regularly.

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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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