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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.



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

"When you're setting goals, the person you will become must be as real to you as the person you are today."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image."

-- Doris Kearns Goodwin

"In every area of effectiveness within an organization, one feeds the opportunities and starves the problems."

-- Peter F. Drucker





"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 - February 2008


I hope you have sunshine as February turns to March.


Happy Leap Year!

You get an extra 24 hours this year. Don't waste it. Don't treat today like every other day. At least make note of the fact that you get a little extra time.


Every four years we get an extra 24 hours. If you live to be 100, you'll only see 25 days like today. Try not to let it disappear like every other day.


Slow down at least a little.




This month's


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

What's Your Pentimento?

by Karl W. Palachuk

I learned a great new (old) word recently: Pentimento.


The Arnolfini PortraitPentimento is an art term. A pentimento refers to a change that is made to a painting. It reveals to us, after the fact, that the artist changed his mind about the composition of the painting.


Isn't that a great concept?


Don't you wish you had a name for the former you that's been painted over to create the present you?


Wait. It gets better. A pentimento doesn't reveal itself until the new layer of paint has aged and faded a bit. It is derived from an Italian word meaning to repent. A "change of heart," if you will.

I've written a great deal about the concept of you in the past, you in the present, and you in the future. These are all different people. In some sense, you're a completely different person than you were ten years ago.


But you also have to remember that you are still you. The "you" that existed ten years ago is still inside you, as is the "you" that existed five years ago. They aren't gone. They're still part of who you are. 



The Old You;

The Current You;

The New You

They're all You. And whoever you choose to become will also be you.



Evolution can be difficult. Sometimes we set our sights on who we want to become, and we begin to work toward that new reality.


But all too often, we sabotage our own success by doubting whether we can really become the new person we want to be. Or, sometimes, we proceed with a little fear.


"What will happen if they find out that I'm not special -- That I'm just me?"

Many people take the opportunity to "try on" new self images when they move from Junior High to High School, and again on to college. And sometimes they feel a little guilty. Sometimes they feel unsure of themselves -- unsure of who their self is.


All these people, at all these stages, are just the same person evolving over time.


Sometimes we put on a mask to hide from the world. Sometimes we put on a mask to present a specific image for the world. We want people to think we're happy, healthy, prayerful, or successful.


Caravaggio Lute Player This can be dangerous. Because, sometimes, we find ourselves making decisions so that we can maintain our facade. "I have to keep going in a job I hate so that everyone thinks I'm successful."


These decisions can become unhealthy. When you make decisions solely because they maintain a facade, then you begin to lose track of who you really are and what your values really are.


And that behavior, in turn, causes unhealthy stress.


So, while you we need to "move on" from our past selves, and cover over them. We also need to work on finding consistencies within our complicated selves. After all, your past isn't going anywhere. The only thing that changes about the past is how you look at it.


And the very good news is that you can paint over the present, too. So if you want to make a change, you should feel confident that you can do it. And this personal pentimento will simply become part of the beautiful, complicated YOU.


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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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