Truth and Consequences

My name is Stephanie Staples.

They call me a Motivational Speaker.

My ‘job’ is to inspire, motivation and educate people.

I travel all over North America.

I love my job.

I get paid to speak.

My husband says he would pay me to shut up.


Some people think

I have a perfect life

That I am always happy

That I am always positive

That everything is easy

That I have a lot of self-confidence

Today I am telling you my truth

I get angry

I get sad

I am far from perfect

Every morning I psych myself up

To be some semblance of confident

I get scared

Sometimes I feel ugly and lazy

And overwhelmed and fat and stupid

Sometimes I don’t feel like begin nice

Or inspiring

Or motivational

Sometimes my self-talk sucks

But that’s not how I want to be

I want to be better today

Than I was yesterday


I change my self talk

I tell myself that I am

Smart enough

Talented enough

Kind enough

Good enough

I get out of my own way

And in my own quirky way

I try to make the world a wee bit better

I just wanted you to know my truth.

Thanks for reading.


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

* 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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