Embracing Imperfect Success

This year I am using Scrabble letters to create a word to focus on for a space of time. I place the word out on my counter so we can see it frequently, then I move it to my Scrabble board. I thought it would be cool to look at all the words gathered in one place at the end of the year.

This week the word SUCCESS found its way to the Scrabble tray (What’s that thing called?) and as you may notice from the photo, I had to do a little Scrab-ad-lib’ing because many of the letters are already on the board.

Looking at the word in this imperfect form made me think about success from a new angle:

  • Success doesn’t always look like what you planned it to look like.
  • Your idea of what success should look like may be different from mine.
  • Sometimes you have to improvise, see things from a different angle or make your own version of success.

What you see in the photo certainly wasn’t what I was going for but, in fact, I really like this imperfect version of success! I like that I had to be creative, I like that it looks different than people would expect and I like that this version of success is original.

You know I’m not just talking about Scrabble letters here, right? 😉

So then, may I ask:

What does success to you look like?

Are you being true to yourself in what you are striving for?

What barriers are coming in between you and what you really want and what small steps can you take to forge forward?

See yourself in your own version of your success. Feel it. Smell it. Taste it.

Now go catch up to that vision and put yourself in it!

Personally, I would rather fail originally, than succeed in cookie cutter imitation of what someone else thinks success is or should be.

Embracing Imperfect Success, it’s just one more way to live Your Life, Unlimited!

As always, I love to read your thoughts and ideas!


Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success, an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, and the recipient of the 2014 Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur Award for Contributions to Community. Stephanie empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at http://www.YourLifeUnlimited.ca.

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.


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