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Relax Focus Succeed

by Karl W. Palachuk


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Title: Relax Focus Succeed: Balance Your Personal and Professional Lives and Be More Successful in Both

By: Karl W. Palachuk

Pages: 302

Binding: Paperback


Table of Contents:

I. Introduction and Overview
 1. Relax Focus Succeed®
 2. Working on Workaholism
 3. Beginning the Work

II. Relaxation
 4. Values and Goals
 5. Relaxation and Success
 6. Meditation and Quiet Time

III. Working the Plan
 7. Working on You2
 8. Working on Your Goals
 9. Exercise, Physical Activity, and Balance

IV. Behavior and Habits
 10. Who You Are and Who You Will Be
 11. The Muscles of Success

V. Putting It All Together
 12. Daily Exercises and Journaling
 13. Final Thoughts



"We all dream. Karl shows us how to dream elaborately. We all set goals. Karl shows us how to set goals that make our lives more fulfilling."

-- Ben Gay III

Sales Trainer and Coach



- Review by Kim Edwards, Author and Journalist


- Review and article in SMB Community  Magazine



Perhaps the most compelling aspect of this book is the realistic approach to challenges and opportunities as well as the "go with-the-flow" and "continue to persevere" attitudes that are necessary to remain relevant after so many years of running businesses. Having guidance from a leader, such as Mr. Palachuk, who has been in the trenches and has been successful over the long haul, reaffirms the Stay Calm and Carry On principle! Success has its place among the pie of life, but it shouldn't take over every aspect of our lives. We can all benefit from striving for a greater work-life balance... and this book explains how to do just that!

Janine K.

Sacramento, CA

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If you find yourself running but getting no where, this is the book for you. Karl takes a holistic approach to life and business. Back to basics and keeping it simple, this book will transform how you show up in your life. It has changed me.

Kelli Wilson
Sacramento, CA

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After hearing about this 'great little book' for 9 months, I final broke down and got a copy. Now I understand why people are so affected by it.


The book really spoke to me and my feelings, desires, wants, etc. It almost feels corny to talk about it this way, but the fact is, I had to stop myself from tearing through the whole thing with the 1st reading.


When I went back to it, I started at the beginning because I read through it so voraciously the 1st time, I knew I must have missed some golden nuggets, and I was right.


I am re-reading the entire thing again from scratch, and limiting myself to one section a day. I expect to go through it again and again like I did with my copy of John Irving's 'A Prayer for Owen Meany' - until the book falls apart and I need to buy a new one.


This book is a MUST read for every hyper, type A over achiever. If your not fabulously happy and wealthy with all the gifts living a good life can bring, you need this book.


As a consultant who helps entrepreneurs take their businesses and their leadership skills to the next level, Relax, Focus, Succeed has become a component of my consulting gigs.

Thank you Karl!

Loup Garou
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-- 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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Working on Workaholism

"One of the great fallacies surrounding success is the belief that hard work and more work are the keys to success. There are three reasons why this belief is wrong.  . . ."

-- Chapter Two


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Who Should Read This Book?


This book is useful for everyone who seeks to be happier and more fulfilled. Individuals will find ways to bring harmony between the "roles" they play at home, at work, and in the community. Bosses and managers will find ways to motivate and inspire their workers.

Everyone will gain a better understanding of the linkages that exist between the various complicated aspects of our modern lives.

We each need a plan for our lives, but planning, scheming, and set-ting goals seems like just more work. In our busy lives we just don't have time to make time to do the things we know we need to do. It's like we don't have time to fix the roof because we're too busy mopping the floor.

In this little book you'll find the key ingredients you'll need to stop, sit down, and begin building a happier, healthier, more balanced and successful life.

There are no magic pills here. You have to do all the work. But the work doesn't have to be unpleasant at all. Everyone can and should work to have a more fulfilling and balanced life.

And this book will show you how to get started.


About the Author

Karl W. PalachukKarl W. Palachuk is the author of several books for technical consultants, including The Network Documentation Workbook, The SAN Primer for SMB, and Service Agreements for SMB Consultants.

A Bifurcated Guy: Karl leads two lives, in a sense. One is the business owner for his companies in Sacramento, California. The other is a trainer in the philosophy of Relax Focus Succeed®. Doing this successfully takes balance, which seems appropriate.

Trainer: Karl has been teaching in some form or other since 1983 when he became a teaching assistant at the University of Michigan. He taught college for ten years. These days he puts on seminars for Relax Focus Succeed ® as well as business consulting and technical trainings.

In all, Karl averages twenty seminars a year.

Blogger: Karl's "Small Biz Thoughts" blog is found at http://smallbizthoughts.blogspot.com. It provides advice for the Small Business owner and manager. This blog has been published since February 2006.

Newsletter Writer: Karl publishes three regular newsletters. The first, Readme.txt, is for his technical consulting clients. It is produced as a paper newsletter, mailed every month. This newsletter has been published since 1995.

Karl's second newsletter is the Relax Focus Succeed® email newsletter. Published monthly since 2002. That free newsletter is the basis for the Relax Focus Succeed® web site. Click on the Newsletter link to subscribe.

Email List: The Great Little Book email list is found at www.GreatLittleBook.com. This list covers upcoming events, seminars, news, and "what's happening now." Free, of course.

Speaker: If you are interested in having Karl present to your group, or do a training at your office, please contact him:

Karl W. Palachuk
Relax Focus Succeed®

Sacramento, CA
Email: karlp@relaxfocussucceed.com


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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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