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Balance is the key to personal and professional success.


Knowing your goals and the path to achieve them is essential.


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Pith. n. The essential part; gist. Pithy. adj. Terse and full of meaning.

"Attention--focus--is the most important element in your success today and every day."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"People who focus only on 'what is' will create more of 'what is.' People who focus mostly on 'what could be' will begin to create 'what could be."

-- Laurie Beth Jones

"Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal."

-- Friedrich Nietzsche





"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 - December 2007


I'm one of those sneaky people who has always disappears between about December 20th and January 2nd. I schedule a couple of important end-of-year projects and plan to be available in case a client wants to get extra expenses in this year.


But mostly I take it easy, clean my office, move this year's files into paper file boxes, and try to ease into the new year.


carThis year, the "Winter break" has included doing some fun work with my daughter -- age fifteen and a half years. That half is important because it means driver's permit.


In addition to driving around town, we've been working on building a break room for our employees. We've got coffee, tea, cocoa, refrigerator, microwave, and all the goodies.


It's been fun working with my daughter. I feel I've come full circle from the days when I worked on projects with my dad.




This newsletter started in October of 2002 and has been published monthly since then. That means 2008 will be our sixth full year in production. This month covers two of the important questions we hear all the time:


Isn't Relaxation the Opposite of Success?


Isn't Relaxation the Opposite of Focus?


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Is Relax the Opposite of Focus?

by Karl W. Palachuk

Some people automatically dismiss my approach because they see no role for relaxation in the pursuit of success. Some take more time to consider the question and still dismiss it because they believe (quite correctly) that focus is a central element in success. And they see relaxation as the opposite of focus (not correct).


EyeglassesThere is no real argument to be made against focus. Focus has many meanings. In the big picture it means putting your attention on something. In the present moment it means paying attention completely and absolutely to the job at hand. In critical moments it means remembering your most important goals.


In the physical world, focusing is so important that we spend a fortune on eyewear and surgeries so that we can see perfectly. When we look at a painting or a newspaper, we want to see everything "in focus." When we work on some tiny project, we need to bring it very close to us and put every muscle of our eyes to work on one tiny little spot.


And, again, sometimes we walk into a room or a situation, and we need to look around, take stock of everything that's happening, and understand the bigger picture.


There's focus and there's focus and there's focus. 



There's Focus


and There's Focus


and There's Focus.


All of these examples are also true in the mental world as well as the physical. We need to put challenges (and victories) in focus. We need to put extreme attention on specific issues. We need to keep the long-term goals and the "big picture" in focus. We need to take stock of what we see so we can understand everything.


In all of these, focus requires our senses to be keen. In some cases, we need a little adrenaline to give us strength and physical attention.


And that's where a lot of people get off the "Relax Focus Succeed" bandwagon. After all, how can you have keen senses and mental sharpness while putting an emphasis on relaxation?


In other words, isn't relaxation the opposite of focus?


There are two answers to this question. First, you need to relax in order to see the big picture and set goals for the future. Without relaxation and quiet time, you can's set the goals to define your own success.


It might feel good to work really, really hard all the time. But it's pointless to work really hard at something you shouldn't be doing at all.


You can't focus on the big picture if you don't know what the big picture is. It does no good to focus on the moment if the moment isn't part of your big picture. And you simply cannot step back and look at the big picture without setting aside time to do that.


The second answer to the question is that relaxation and quiet time give you many opportunities to examine your goals and strategies. It is during periods of relaxation that you become "dyed in the wool" regarding what's important, where you're going, and how you'll get there.


In other words, you build the muscle memory of success. And when you're under stress and need to make quick decisions, you reap the rewards of relaxation. That's because, in the moment of stress, your big picture goals will simply be there. Your values and vision will simply be there. The answer to "How does this fit in with what we're trying to do?" will simply be there.


And so, you see, relaxation is the vital element that prepares you for success in everything else. Because focus is not just putting all your attention on the job at hand. Focus is also present when you make critical, fast-paced decisions that are completely consistent with your long-term goals.


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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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