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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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"Success is not an endpoint: It's a process of moving in the direction you want to go."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"The most difficult tasks are consummated, not by a single explosive burst of energy or effort, but by consistent daily application of the best you have within you."

-- Og Mandino

"I am a great believer in Luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have."

-- Coleman Cox





"It takes relaxation--and focus--to create and understand the balance in our lives."

-- 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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RFS™ Notes - October 2007


Last week in October! Happy Halloween.


By the time you read our next newsletter, it will be Thanksgiving. So I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving as well.


Happy ThanksgivingAs a side note: November is a great time to travel. We have done some great traveling around "turkey day" and always enjoyed it. There are no lines at Disneyland, for example. And since Thanksgiving is a U.S. holiday, it's not a huge travel time in other countries.


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I recently published an article on Relax Focus Succeed® in ChannelPro magazine. This is a magazine for computer consultants.
see pages 38-39.

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This month we look at consistency -- another important "muscle of success."


At the end of the day, as they say, who are you? The answer is: you are who you are consistently, not necessarily who you are on the best day in your life.


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Consistent Success

by Karl W. Palachuk

I've asked the question before: Are you too busy to be successful? We often confuse busy-ness with productivity -- in our selves and in others.


When we get busy, three things happen. First, we suspend the rules and procedures that we know will be in our best long-term interest. That is, we work projects out of order; we allow ourselves to be interrupted; we move back and forth between projects (lowering our effectiveness in both); and so on.


Second, we lose focus. We lose track of the most important thing (whatever it is) we should be doing. And the second most important thing, and the third most important thing. So, while we remain busy, we are actually less productive!


Third, we lose consistency. In breaking our procedures and losing focus, we decrease our own consistency. For example, we might say that we're too busy to hold our weekly staff meeting, or too overwhelmed to exercise today.


Why is consistency so important? Because success is not one big, glorious act or achievement. Success is the gradual and regular achievement of habits that move you toward your goals. In other words, it's not one big "thing," but lots and lots of little things.


One of my favorite quotes comes from Tom Peters:


The essence of sustainable competitive advantage is:

  1. The obvious;

  2. The little things;

  3. The accumulation of little things over the years.

-- Tom Peters


Making one really big sale, for example, is good. But consistently making dozens or good size sales is better. The same is true for almost any aspect of your business or personal life.


A grand act of love is good . . .

Consistent small acts of love are better.


One big act of faith is good . . .

Consistent small acts of faith are better.


In many ways, it is more difficult to be consistently good than to perform occasional grand performances. Consistency means that you can be relied on to perform at a specific level and in a specific manner. As your skills and commitment improve, you will consistently perform at a higher level.


Consistency is One of The Muscles of Success


As with all other muscles, your consistency will improve with regular, daily practice. And when you take a day off from consistency . . . well, it's the same as exercise. Every day that you exercise the little habits that contribute to your success, the better you get.


Every day that you put off these little habits, you become a little less successful.


Just what are these little habits? They vary from person to person, of course, but they are all the "details" of your success.


- Getting to work on time.

- Telling people that you appreciate them.

- Sending invoices and thank you notes in a timely manner.

- Not losing your temper.

- Doing employee reviews.

- Holding regular staff meetings.

- Organizing your day before it begins.

- Returning phone calls.

- Treating people with respect.

- Telling your family that you love them.


And so forth.


Now you see what I mean when I say that these little things are more important than a few big, visible actions. There are so many little things, that it is sometimes difficult to do them all every day. In fact, it's almost impossible to execute them all every day.


So if you want a big, difficult challenge, here it is: Do all the little stuff consistently well and you'll find yourself in the top 1% of all the people in world.


Consistency isn't easy.


Good luck!

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Of Interest



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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