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Ultimately, our progress comes down to this moment--each moment of each day.


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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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The Three Focal Points of Success

by Karl W. Palachuk

Have you ever asked yourself "How do I get started focusing on my goals"?  Or how do you get started on a big project?  It can be overwhelming to start any new adventure.  We're full of energy and enthusiasm.  But when we start to move on our ideas we realize that we're not sure what to do first.

The problem is that we become overwhelmed by details before we begin actually working on the goal.  If you've ever tackled a really big project, then you know the road to success requires lots of small steps.  You need to break the big project into smaller projects, and the smaller projects into discrete actions.

This approach is true of all endeavors. One person can't build a pyramid, or a modern car.  But when all the stages of these projects are laid out in detail, we can do anything.  Many times I've read about an author who said "I can't write a book.  But I can write three paragraphs per day!"

I divide all work toward my goals into three distinct "moments of success" or Focal Points of Success

The first focal point of success is the "big picture" or the ultimate goal. Obviously, you need to set your goals first.  This is a lengthy, ongoing process.  Your goals might be to excel in your profession, to retire comfortably, or (and?) to raise your children well.  Of course your goals may be quite different.

You must spend time on this focal point--the long-term ultimate goal.  As your life evolves, this goal may need an adjustment here or there.  As you get bogged down in the details of daily life, you may need to be reminded of the ultimate goal(s).

The second focal point of success is the set of short-term goals that will lead you to the ultimate goal.  In our analogy of breaking a big job into smaller, more manageable chores, these are the manageable chores.

We need these intermediate goals because the larger goals are generally too broad or too far off in the future to generate specific actions.  If your goal is "To have a strong, loving marriage," that's good.  But it doesn't prescribe an action or behavior you can focus on today, or this month, or this year.

Many plans for success aren't really plans at all because they lack short-term goals.  Broad goals without specific, narrower goals, are really just pleasant dreams.  You may want good relationships, a comfortable retirement, and to make a difference in the world.  But without specific, actionable goals, you can't make any progress.

Imagine that your goals are a journey to a destination.  The long-term goal (the first focal point) is like a pin on a map.  Once you establish your destination, you can begin working toward it.  The short-term goals (the second focal point) are the steps you take to reach your destination.

If you wake up every day, look at the pin on the map, and then watch TV, you'll never reach your destination.  You need to take actions every day, every week, every month that move you toward your goal.

The third focal point of success is the present moment.  At each moment in your life you take actions that affect your goals.  Each action, at each moment, either moves you toward a goal, away from a goal, or has no effect on a goal.  Of these three options, only one advances you toward your goal.  Even the neutral option is really a move away from your goal because it is the actions of daily life that become the habits of success.

Let's say you have a goal of having a healthy body.  That's a long-term Focal Point One goal.  To reach this end, you set goals of exercising every day and eating a healthy diet.  Those are short-term, Focal Point Two goals.  Great.  You're on your way to success.

The hard part comes at the holidays.  Too much candy and fudge.  Potatoes with gravy.  Second helpings.  Skipping the exercise today.  And today.  And today.

The hardest part of success is not the goal-setting (long-term or short-term).  Goals are necessary for success.  But the hard part comes with every action, every day.  Every single bite you take affects your diet.  And every step you take affects your exercise level.

It's always okay to take a break--to skip the exercise one day.  We can always get back on track.  But it's also easy to feel very committed to a goal and yet be in the habit of skipping the exercise every day.

"It’s not your commitment I’m worried about. . . .

It’s your commitment to your commitment."

-- Kenneth Blanchard and Robert Lorber

Ultimately, our progress comes down to this moment--each moment of each day.  Perhaps our progress is so small that no one can see.  But our actions either move us toward our goal or away from it.

Whatever your goals--to be more loving, to be more energetic, to lose weight--you will get there one moment at a time.

I believe this approach, the Three Focal Points of Success, can be a powerful method of viewing your path to your goals.

Focus on the moment.

Focus on the short-term goals.

Focus on the ultimate goal.

And the most powerful consequence of this approach is that you can begin at any moment to move in the right direction.  As long as you have the long-term and short-term goals, you can always advance toward them.  This is true even if you've failed to focus successfully before.

Begin today. 

### RFS ###

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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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