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All the forces push you forward. Some up, and some down. But there are no forces pushing you backward.


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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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Building the Future

by Karl W. Palachuk

In a previous article we discussed the "Past Behind You." There are three forces from the past:

 - The Past Beneath You

 - The Past Above You

 - The Past Behind You

The Past Beneath You consists of the experiences that support you. These are the successes you've had; the love of your family and friends; things that build your self confidence.

The Past Above You consists of all the things that hold you down. these include negative experiences, lack of education or certification, or a poor sense of self-worth.

The Past Behind You consists of those things that push you forward. This includes anyone who tells you "you can do it" or "I'll help." More importantly, it consists of your desires and dreams. These are all things that motivate you and drive you and compel you.

From time to time I'll read an interview with someone famous and come across the question "What makes you get up in the morning?" That's a great way to look at the forces pushing you forward. If your answer is "I don't know" or a generally un-impassioned summary of your dull, dreary life, then you need to re-evaluate your life!

You need goals and dreams and passions to push yourself forward.

What should you do if you don't have people and forces pushing you forward? Start to acquire them! Your past is a very powerful thing: use it, manipulate it, and make it work for you!

Begin today. Build experiences, goals, and relationships that push you forward. Find people who support and encourage you. Set some goals and share them with someone who will hold you accountable. Make arrangements to exercise with someone else.

Focus on the past that supports you.

So much for the past. Now let's look at the future.
Before we get too far, I want to make one thing very clear: There are no forces holding you back.

Remember that the forces in your life consist of experiences and how you interpret them. All of your experiences are in the past.

The only forces that "work against you" are the forces that hold you down. And, as we've seen, they only have this influence because you decide they do.

There are no forces holding you back.

So what's in front of you? For the most part, the support in front of you consists of your faith or belief that a support system will be there.

The support system consists of your talents, your friends, your contacts, your family, your skills, and all those things that look a lot like the Past Behind You. Except this is in front of you. These are experiences and actions that haven't been experienced yet.

Let me give an example. I have many experiences building computers. I know which screws go where, what to watch out for with wiring, and so forth. New technology comes out all the time, but the fundamental tasks connecting hardware devices doesn't change much. My talents serve me well. There is no stress for me when I open a computer case, nor is there concern that I won't be successful.

Many other activities in our life are the same way.  If you have a lot of experience on a particular job, you know every aspect of that job. You know how things work and feel. You know when it's right and when it's wrong.

Think about any skill or ability you have that you do well. Your ability to work fast and do well relies in large part on your experience about how things work. You believe the wood (or cloth or pipe or whatever) will act a certain way because of your experience.

And when you do something that you've done a thousand times before, you know what to expect. It's like taking that next step, even though the experiences of your past may not be right there supporting you. But you believe that the entire support system is there.

And it is. Your current experiences become the Past Beneath You very quickly, supporting your next step.

Many people are afraid to move forward with any measure of speed because they lack the faith that their support system will be there. They don't believe that, when the next step comes down, there will be something under it to hold them up.

It is particularly difficult to more forward quickly because that requires even more faith. To move quickly, we have to believe that our support system is strong enough, and will continue to be strong enough, to support us when we're fully committed. When you're fully committed, you can't stumble backward. You have to have something there to support you.

You can see where faith comes in. When you're moving slowly, you have lots of time to build a stepping stone before you put your foot in front of you. When you move quickly, you just have to believe that your system works. Friends will be there, family won't let you down, your talents are sufficient, and so forth.

So, how do you build this system of support? The basic building blocks are talent, integrity, and hard work. If you want friends, you need to cultivate them. If you want skills, you have to learn and practice. If you want positive experiences, you have to make them happen.

You have years of experience. That's one step you can count on. You have talent and ability. That's another step. You have your last success. That's one more step. Friends and family are a step or two. See how it works? As you tally up your past successes, they become the foundation for future success.

It's the same old story: If you've built a world of faith and support, of talents and skills, then those things will be there every step along the way. And the more you work on your personal support system, the more faith you'll have that you can take the next step, and the next, and the next.

As your faith and you support system grow, you can increase your speed, knowing that the next step will not falter. You have the talent, the experience, the friends, etc. Whatever you need, you've built a system that allows you the freedom to take the next step without worries.

The need for speed. Moving quickly also removes some of the pressure from the past above you--those things that try to hold you down. When you're moving forward, and focusing on the positive experiences that make the next steps possible, the forces from the past are less effective at pushing you down.

Perhaps success isn't an endpoint at all, but a state of faith in which you believe the next step is more than merely possible: You believe that the next step on your journal will be exactly as you need it to be.  And the next. And the next. And the next.

So, ultimately, success consists of building a system that will support you as you make your way along life's journey. No matter where you go or what you do, it's there to support you. Your past experiences have combined to create a path to future success that cannot fail.

I believe this is true for all of us, and I believe it's never too late to start. Begin now building the past that will create the support system that leads inevitably to your future success!

"They best place to succeed is where you are with what you have."

-- Charles M. Schwab

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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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