Sometimes a Seven out of Ten Can Be Perfect

An Altered Definition of Perfection

My daughter, Gabrielle, recently turned three. Like every other parent, I wanted her birthday to be perfect. Just before I carried over the cake I thought I should get a photo of it ─ you know, for her album. As I looked through the lens, tipping the plate up with my free hand to get a better angle, the cake slipped right off the plate…right onto me. Smoosh. And if that wasn’t bad enough, in my effort to save the cake I dropped the camera….which landed in the icing. As the kiddie choir started belting out “Happy Birthday”, I hurriedly pieced the cake back together, wiped enough frosting off the lens to get a passable photo of my daughter blowing out her #3 candle, and smiled as my daughter delighted in icing-filled bites of delicious cake. Phew.

As hard as it is for perfection-seeking beings (eg. most of you reading this) to accept ─ a seven out of ten sometimes is perfection. It’s all about accepting what’s important in the moment.

In my book, Nail It! Six Steps to Transform Your Career, I talk about living in the moment and enjoying the success you’ve created as a way of creating greater success and fulfillment. Here’s an excerpt from the last chapter “Let Your Vision Catch Up to You.”

“We often think we have to do everything at once. What if we chose instead to focus on the handful of things we can do well, right now, at this stage of our lives? What’s most important to you right now? What activities—both at home and at work—are fueling you and giving you the most enjoyment? How can you do more of that?

This is what it means to live in the now. Having a personal vision or story to guide you helps you make the best daily and weekly decisions as to where to focus next. A personal vision really comes down to what success looks like for you and what you want to achieve in your life.”  (Nail It! p. 134)

My 2011 wish for you is that you define what success is for yourself and stop to enjoy the cake along the way. For me, I’m going to stick to what I do well – baking the cake. From now on, I’ll let someone else take the pictures.

– Karen

“Karen Kelloway offers clear and useful strategies in helping you approach your work life with dignity and consciousness. She has coached high level clients, and you can take in her wisdom, motivation and strategy right here. You have the talent, dream, and instincts to make anything possible. Begin your journey today!” ─  Tama J. Kieves, bestselling author of This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love (How One Harvard Lawyer Left It All to Have It All!)

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