One of the things I like to say to myself is: You can't be better than your best. I try to give it my all, no matter what it is and reserve a little bit extra as "discretionary income" in the event of some huge cataclysmic life event.
"My darling girl, when are you going to realize that being normal is not necessarily a virtue? It rather denotes a lack of courage." - Practical Magic I'm so glad that my darling girl doesn't try to be normal!