There’s something about the Mona Lisa that
captivates us. Her image is a combination of half-smile and half-sneer. In her
imperfection, she is flawless. Were Michelangelo to have painted her perfectly
purring at us, I contend we would have found her much less fascinating. So why is that we are obsessed with perfection
in our own lives but make allowances for imperfection all around us?

A tragic flaw is engrained in our cellular memory that causes us to set ourselves up for failure. It’s the perfection trap. We’re taught early on in life that there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to perform most every task. Programmed from youth, we take a side – right or wrong, and run with it. As we age, we even think that there is such a thing
as a perfect relationship. So we look for the princess or knight to complete our perfect storybook ending.

Is it any wonder that we fail at these […]