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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.
The Absolute Must-Read Reading List
Perhaps the best single habit you can form as an investment in yourself is reading. But where do you start?
Not to worry! I've got both the longer Recommended List and the very short
Absolutely Must-Read Reading List.
You'll find both on the Recommended Reading page.
"It takes relaxation--and focus--to create and understand the balance in our lives."
-- Karl W. Palachuk
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.
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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!
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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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This site evolved from my monthly newsletter, "Relax - Focus - Succeed" - A Newsletter For A Successful Life. That newsletter has been produced off and on since 2002.
The newsletter contains commentaries, hints, tips, and inspirational notes for improving your life. Notice I didn't say business life or professional life or personal life: Your life is your life. It includes all aspects and the key to true success is balancing these aspects so that you lead a life you want to lead.
Relax? Focus? Succeed? Chances are you, don't think of these activities together — You don't see them as being related to one another. Perhaps Focus and Success. But Relaxation?
The Philosophy: My premise is simple but powerful: I believe the fundamental keys to success are Focus, Hard Work, and Balance. "Success literature" is full of Focus and Hard Work but shy on emphasizing Balance. Without Relaxation, without balance, work cannot be successful. Sometimes you have to not work. Sometimes you have to give yourself the gift of enjoying your life. And when you do this, consciously aware that you're giving yourself this gift, then you achieve clarity: Your Focus becomes sharper, your work more meaningful, and your Success that much closer.
I place Relax first because it is the most important and most neglected element. Only when you learn to relax and bring balance to your life will you be truly successful. Focus is second because it is the driving force in everything we do and everything we achieve. If you focus on watching television, you master watching television; if you focus on your children you will be an excellent parent; if you focus on money you will attain money; if you focus on being a better person, you become a better person.
And if you want to be an excellent parent with enough money to send your kids to college and retire without worrying about paying the bills? Then we're back to Balance — learning to relax and bring the competing elements of your life together in harmony.
The unspoken element is Hard Work. This is not in the title because it's the one element everyone should know about. I say "should." Unsuccessful people think they can attain their goals without working. They believe they can get rich quick, read a book and straighten out their relationships in an afternoon, or lose weight by taking a sugar pill. I suspect these are the same people who buy hair in a spray can and order diet cola with their super-sized Mondo Burger.
The final element is Success. Success is not money, although having money is one kind of success on which we frequently focus. Success is attaining your goals. Money is often a means to attaining goals, but reflection will tell us that money is never a goal unto itself. Money helps us take vacations, buy toys, enjoy our hobbies, lavish gifts on the people we love, take time for ourselves, contribute to our communities, and attain our goals.
It takes relaxation--and focus--to create and understand the balance in our lives. Relaxation and Focus are absolutely essential to the process of defining, seeking, and attaining our goals. In other words, without relaxation and focus there is no success. Read on and let me know what you think.
-- Karl P.
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.
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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
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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
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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!
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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.
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