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"The first success is happiness and contentment. Everything else flows from there."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"One never finds life worth living. One always has to make it worth living."

-- Harry Emerson Fosdick

"Form good habits and become their slave."

-- Og Mandina





"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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It's Break Time - November 2006

I love the end of November and beginning of December. Yes, it's in that busy Thanksgiving-Christmas vortex, but that's not why I love it. I love it because I get to look forward to my annual retreat.

The first weekend of December I wander off to a place not far from home for a three-day silent retreat. There are optional "talks" and spiritual walks. But for the most part, it's just three days sitting quietly and enjoying what's not there.

I enjoy being away from cell phones and technology, customers and employees, bills and invoices, strategic plans and sales meetings.

There's nothing wrong with any of that stuff. But we fill our lives with busy-ness and don't often take the time to put it all in perspective. We need the perspective. We need to stop (not just slow down) and disconnect for awhile.

I think you cannot fully appreciate what it means to come to a complete stop until you do so.

This month's article is on the connection between Mind and Body. As you might imagine, I collect articles about this connection. I enjoy them because they reaffirm my belief that relaxation, focus, and balance are intimately connected with success of every kind. The first success is happiness and contentment. Everything else flows from there.

I welcome your feedback. Thanks.

-- Karl P.

Mind Over Body

by Karl W. Palachuk

Mind-Body Connections

We are constantly learning new things about the connection between our mind and our physical body. This connection seems almost obvious to us in the twenty-first century. But it hasn't always been so clear. And even today we see a never-ending series of research reports that verify the relationship.


Among other things, we see reports like this:


Laughter can reduce pain, stress, and inflammation. It is also known to speed healing after an injury and provide a world of other benefits.


Patience is related to high blood pressure. Or, I should say, impatience is correlated with high blood pressure.


Vacations are correlated with longer life! People who take regular vacations can lower their death rates by 20-50%.


Taking naps during the day at work can help you clear your head, make fewer mistakes, improve your memory, and make you a more pleasant person to be around.


Procrastination is correlated with having trouble sleeping and minor health issues such as the common cold.


Meditation lowers blood pressure and leads to higher levels of concentration, better sleep, and less stress.


Exercise in general is good for your heart, your weight, your blood pressure, your sleep pattern, your bone density, and a very long list of other benefits.


Contentment lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol and a protein called plasma fibrinogen. Cortisol leads to inflammation (which leads to pain). Plasma fibrinogen protein leads to heart disease.


Yoga has been shown to reduce stress, reduce pain, increase concentration, and even help you lose weight.


Writing -- such as a journal -- can reduce stress levels. It is also a great way to help focus your attention on things that matter.


Prayer can help you stay healthy. Interestingly, research even shows that intercessory prayer (when one person prays for another) can reduce pain and inflammation in the "recipient."


Hobbies reduce stress, increase contentment, and improve positive mental attitude generally.


And More!

If you keep your eyes open for these types of connections, you'll find them all over the place. Many of these "common sense" connections have been the focus of intense research over the last thirty years.


The best news is that these behaviors can be learned. Whether you naturally laugh a lot or you need to "teach" yourself to laugh more, you get the benefits associated with the behavior.


For some things, this makes obvious sense. After all, if you exercise, you expect the benefits of exercise, and if you take naps you expect the benefits of taking naps. But it is less obvious that some of these behaviors will bring the benefits listed above. Still, it's true.


Contentment, for example, is related to positive mental attitude, time pressures, and stress. When you're mentally or physically stressed, all your emotions conspire to bring down your positive energy. And that depletes your physical energy, which means you're less likely to spring into an exercise routine or other activities that can bring you back "up."


Research has shown, for many of these behaviors, that you can actually force the positive benefits upon yourself. If you don't naturally laugh a lot, for example, you can adjust your television exposure to include more stupid sit-coms and less news. This will improve your attitude -- whether you like it or not!


Some things are harder to work on than others. Overcoming procrastination, for example, is partly a behavior you can change and partly tied in with other issues. For most people, procrastination is related to time pressures, which means stress. It often means that there are too many things on your "to do" list, and you know you won't get them all done.


That situation leads to less exercise, no naps, no vacations, no hobbies, etc. (you don't have the time). It doesn't take much energy to see that these are all related. In a balanced life you have work and play, time on and time off, exercise, hobbies, writing, prayers -- and the occasional nap.


In other words, balance can bring you all the health benefits listed above.


But how do you get started?


That's up to you. First, make the commitment that that's what you want.



Making a commitment to a new way of life is not simply whispering in exhaustion that something has to change.

Making a commitment to a new life means accepting in your heart and mind that everything has to change,

and deciding that you will do the hard work necessary to make it happen.




Second, pick a place to start and then begin. Start with laughter or meditation or exercise. Or start with a hobby and writing and a nap. It doesn't matter. This is a whole new you and you have the rest of your life to make improvements.


Third, design a plan to add each of these elements to your life. Little by little everything will get better. And that will make each step a little easier.


Improve everything in your life! What a great goal. Let's get started today!




"Inertia is the single greatest barrier to success. It's also the easiest to overcome. All you have to do is act."

-- Keith Ellis


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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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