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From Values to Actions

Assigning Priorities

Building The Future

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.

"The reason we all need a personal philosophy and goals is so we will have them to rely on in times of stress."

-- Karl W. Palachuk

"Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve. Achieve."

-- Andrew Carnegie

"What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are."

-- Anna Jameson





"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 - April 2008


I am in the middle of a very busy time. I have some important thing


And I mean major things. Book launches, birthday parties (including one 50th and one 16th), conferences (attending and organizing), travel, travel, travel.


Somehow in all of this I realize that I have approximately zero stress. Why? While I'd like to take all the credit, reflection tells me that I've surrounded myself with great helpers, friends, employees, and family who make it all just happen.


I am truly blessed. Every day is busy. But every day is also "just another busy day."


I just finished a major event in which lots of people came up to me worried about all the details. What about this and this and this? My response was: taken care of. Why?


Well, I'm sure you've heard some variation on this:


Proper Prior Planning Prevents
Poor Performance


Remember the three focal points of success: The long term, the short term, and the present moment. Every day, work a little on the long term, a little on the short term, and a lot on the present moment.


You can't help but be successful!


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RFS is the Best!Relax Focus Succeed (now just eleven months old) was named the Best Spiritual/Self-Help Book 2008 by the Northern California Publishers and Authors.


The awards dinner was last Friday.


I welcome your feedback. Thank you, as always.

-- Karl P.

Your Foundation and Your Base

by Karl W. Palachuk

We've talked about your Foundation -- The core set of values and beliefs upon which your vision of the future is built.


You have a foundation whether you've created it consciously or not. Your foundation is probably much less meaningful if you have not created it through conscious effort, but it still exists.


Your foundation lets you know what's important about where you are and where you want to go.


So what's your base?


Your base is your most fundamental support level. In other words, if you were to have a disaster and "fail" as bad as you could fail, you would never drop below your base.


This might sound a little depressing, but it's not. It's actually a very positive thing to contemplate. Think about this:


If you fell, how far could you fall?


You might lose your job and your money. But what about your education? No one can take that away. And your experiences. You have those forever. And your faith. You'll keep that as long as you want it.


Henry Ford said:


You can't build up a reputation on what you are going to do.



Henry's point was: Go do something. Go build your reputation.


My point is: you've already built something. And what you've built will always be there to support you as needed.


Here is a common example: quitting a job.


From time to time we all become fed up with our jobs and consider quitting. If your job makes you miserable (and that's not a temporary condition), then I believe you should quit.


Stuck to your job?In most cases, you know you should quit. But you worry about quitting a job and being without a job. And you worry about whether you'll be able to get another job.


You're focusing on the negative and the unknown.


I encourage you to focus on the positive and the known. What's known about your future? You've built a great base on which your future will be built!


You can know that you have a circle of friends. You have talents and experience. You've made a living for yourself with your skills and abilities.


Focus on your base -- on all the positive elements of your life. Recall all your "victories" in school, on the job, and in your personal life. Take stock of all the people who are standing with you, willing to help you succeed.


As you examine and define your "base" you'll discover that you really can't fall very far at all. And the older you are, the more experiences you have. Therefore, the older you are, the higher your base.


We tend to focus way too much on material things that we could "lose." But, it turns out, the more we have to lose, the less likely we are to lose it. This is because we've built more than a collection things.


We've built a life filled with friends and experiences that will always be there to help us.


Launch your success!Don't look at your base as the lowest point to which you might fall. Quite the opposite. Consider it the solid launching pad that will allow you to catapult to the next level.


Remember: You have forces in your life that bring you down. You have forces in your life that lift you up. And you have forces in your life that push you into the future.


But there are no forces that push you backward. Time marches on. You have to go forward. Will you go forward gladly, focused on the promises of the future, or will you resist the future and cling to the past?


The first is a completely positive adventure.


The second cannot succeed because time will not allow it.


Take stock. Evaluate the base you've built for yourself. Picture it in your mind as a launching pad. Where do you want to go?


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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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