To me, perfection is only an opinion … as fickle and subjective as any other observation. I can look at a piece of abstract art and think, “What the hell was that artist thinking?” and walk away confused. Others, however, may look at the same item and think “What passion! What powerful use of shape and color! What perfection!” … and walk away inspired. The painting is the same, but the observers are different. Not only are they different people, they view artwork from different perspectives. They may have identical attitudes about politics and religion, but radically different takes on art … or music … or mud wrestling. Take your pick. No two people are the same. So why expend so much energy striving to achieve perfection in the eyes of others, when the only opinion that matters in the end is yours? It’s your life, express it however you wish for no one will ever appreciate it the same way as you. Now that being said, what if you’re not happy with your current situation, and you clearly see room for improvement? Improvement requires change. You cannot expect a different outcome when your efforts are always the same. One change may not bring you the end result you desire. Big change takes consistent effort done often. For example, if you are unhappy with your appearance, you cannot change your personal grooming regimen once and expect the results to last. You need to do it every day to create a habit, which in turn creates a consistent result. If you wish to lose weight, you cannot eat salads for one day and expect to see a difference on the scale. If you desire financial security, unless you win the lottery you will have to consistently work in order to stabilize your finances. To clean up your life, you have to be willing to do things differently than you’ve always done, and it will require daily work on your self-esteem, attitude, and personal goals. I know it sounds daunting, but other people do it every day. So why not you, too?