Recommended Books

The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook
by Martha Davis, Matthew McKay, and Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman

Stress Reduction for Busy People: Finding Peace in an Anxious World
by Dawn Groves

Creating Calm In Your Life: A Guided Meditation and Stress Reduction CD
by Rivka Simmons

Look for the authors above on, at book sales, or at your favorite web site. Amazon and others offer used books and tapes as well as new.


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Assigning Priorities

Building The Future

Balance is the key to personal and professional success.


Knowing your goals and the path to achieve them is essential.


Being successful takes practice and dedication.



Pith. n. The essential part; gist. Pithy. adj. Terse and full of meaning.

"The reason we all need a personal philosophy and goals is so we will have them to rely on in times of stress."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"The best way to ruin your productivity is not to know where you are or what you are trying to do. If you don't know where you are in the function you are performing it is easy to stop actually performing. You start daydreaming, you allow yourself to get sidetracked, you get bored with the task at hand."

-- Vlad Mazek

"Who knows . . . You start pretending to have fun, you might even have a little by accident."

-- Batman Begins (the movie)





"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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Welcome to the Fall - October 2006

I thought I had done this yesterday, but I didn't. So here's the October Newsletter.

Once again, Fall is upon us.

And once again we move into the "stress" season. This month's article is on reducing stress. These tips are really good all year long. But if you haven't gotten into these habits yet, this is a great time to start!

I welcome your feedback via email. Thanks.

-- Karl P.

Frontal Assault on Stress

by Karl W. Palachuk


In the meantime, here's a good recap of some of the many things you can do to reduce stress. As with any other Muscle of Success, you need to practice these things all the time. You need to be "in shape" before you need these stress reduction techniques.


So, without further adieu, here's a grab-bag of stress reducers for the next few months:


Exercise. Doesn't have to be geared toward building strength, breaking records, losing weight, etc. Just do something. Physically take your body away from your routine and use it!


Write in a Journal. Again, this doesn't have to be an account of what you did today, or your attempt to find the mouth of the Missouri River. It can be ideas for your business, or thoughts about family. Consider making it as positive as possible. That will bring additional benefits.


Relaxation Exercises. This includes meditation, prayer, or almost any quiet time that you spend sitting (or lying) and not trying to do anything.


Schedule Things. Make people schedule your time. They will value it more, and you will create the ability to say "I can't do that, I have a conflict." There are many tools to help with this. If you own a computer, you probably own several of these tools. Pick one and use it.


Make Sleep a Priority. Schedule a time to get up and get up on time. Schedule a time to go to bed and go to bed on time. If you can take an afternoon nap, try it!


Eat Healthy, Drink Healthy. This is really hard around the holidays. Don't start a new diet. Don't think you can avoid pies and cakes and chocolate. But pick a few things and don't overdue it. In all things moderation.


Think Positive Thoughts. Research has shown that people who expose themselves to laughter and comedy can "learn" to have a more positive attitude. See the Batman quote in the Pith section: "Who knows . . . You start pretending to have fun, you might even have a little by accident."


Avoid Negativity and Negative Situations. Just walk away. The compliment to moving toward positive thoughts is to move away from negative thoughts. These are separate activities and you need to do both.


If you need a little outside help, here it is:


Download this in full size PDF format.



Here's a certificate that may work for you. It's worth a try, right? Print off as many as you need!



We all know the negative effects of stress. In addition to fatigue, anger, and ruined personal relationships, stress can kill you. Don't ignore that. Stress can make you sick in every way -- physically, mentally, and emotionally.


Opt Out.


Working on reducing stress is working on:


Improving your personal relationships


Improving your work and work habits


Improving your health


Improving your sex life


Improving your business relationships


Making you a more pleasant person to be around


Making you more approachable (and fun)


Making you live longer


Working less and getting more done


Make your time on earth more enjoyable


And so much more!


So give yourself a gift today. And give yourself that gift every day for the rest of the year. Take some time every morning to sit quietly and consider your goals, and your general situation. Begin working on "the big picture."


Work on stress reduction is work on your personally and professional success. Take it seriously.


And enjoy the rest of the year! 



"You don't pay the price for success -- You pay the price for failure."

-- Zig Ziglar


If you like pithy quotes, check out the Pith Page at

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-- Karl W. Palachuk


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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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