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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.



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"As our passions change, we need to drag our lives into alignment with our evolving dreams."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"Living and dreaming are two different things -- but you can't do one without the other."

-- Malcolm Forbes

"A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral."

-- Antoine de Saint-Exupery





"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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RFS™ Notes - May 2008


I hope you had a great month! I managed to stay busy. I made four presentations in three different cities, plus a small handful of web-based presentations. And now my wife and I are planning to sneak off for a birthday celebration.


School's almost out. Summer's upon us. My clients, and my staff, are gradually getting into vacation mode. A day hera, a week there. I think it would be good for all of us to take more micro-vacations. Even a three day weekend spent hiding out at home can be relaxing.


Americans, as a whole, don't recharge our batteries enough. I hope you plan to take time to recharge yours.


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Change of Dreams; Change of Passion

by Karl W. Palachuk

I was talking to some other business owners a little while ago. We were talking about what you do, as a business owner, when you lose interest in your own business.


I used the phrase when you have a change of passions. They all stopped short. "That's exactly the phrase that fits."


And it's a hard position to be in.


Human beings are emotional creatures, no matter how much pride we put in our rational species. Sales people know this. We buy things based on emotion and justify our decisions with reason.


Emotions help us make good decisions, especially when it comes to careers, jobs, and starting a business. I thought it was very corny when I was in high school, that they gave "aptitude tests" for career counseling. The logic seemed to be that you'll choose a career based on what you already know at age 17.


In reality, the "tests" were based on a different assumption altogether: You have already taught yourself about certain things because they're based on activities you enjoy. The tool was designed to help you find other things that you might enjoy.


I know you've heard this advice a thousand times: 



Do What You Enjoy

and the Money Will Follow.


If you focus on the money alone, you'll get money. But you won't get happiness, fulfillment, and a generally enjoyable existence.


But if you focus on what you really enjoy doing, you'll stick with it, go to work with energy and enthusiasm, and push through the hard times. You'll put more into your career, make more sacrifices, and push yourself more.


It's pretty easy to see why you'd succeed in such an environment.


Now, employers can do a lot to make the job more enjoyable. But there's a limit to what someone else can do to increase your happiness. In the long run, you're either going to like or dislike your job, based in large part on whether you're doing something you enjoy doing.


The Boss


directionBut what if you're the boss? What if you're the owner?


What happens when you wake up one day, perhaps ten years after you jumped into a business you passionately love, and you discover that you don't love it any more?


It can be very disorienting.


In fact, it's a lot like choosing a career path and losing passion for it.


There's no one answer for everyone, but there's a process that can help. You even know what it is, I bet: Go figure out what your passion is NOW.


Maybe an aptitude test will help. But the real answer is somewhere inside you. And the process that will help you discover what the new you wants is a process of looking inside yourself instead of looking around you at the world you occupy.


In the last six years I've written dozens of articles about quiet time, meditation, finding your core values, building a foundation, identifying the roles you play, and defining goals for each of your roles. It's hard work. And it never stops.


Even if you've worked through all that once before, you need to go through it again.


Because we're emotional creatures.


As our passions change, we need to drag our lives into alignment with our evolving dreams. Life keeps boogying right along. We can't be stagnant, even if we want to.


Are you following a ten- or fifteen-year-old dream? How different is your life from what it was ten or fifteen years ago? Think about your hobbies, your friends, your job, your kids, your parents. Think about how technology affects your life.


Does it make sense to hang onto a vision of the future that's based in a world that doesn't exist anymore? Of course not.


I said this was a tough situation to be in. Getting out is also tough -- but very rewarding! After all, you can't fail. You get to figure out what makes you happy, and where your passions lie. Then you get to architect a life around those things.


You get to define what constitutes success, and then you get to go do that.


The process never stops. We just get lazy sometimes and let daily life become more important than following our dreams. Don't worry: If you put your dreams and desires first, daily life will follow!


To get started back to that road of self fulfillment, you need to set aside some quiet time. Start Here and Here and Here.


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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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