I must admit I cringe every time I change my sidebar virtue each January.
Perfection, Lord? Really?! I'm supposed to be perfect?!?! I can't imagine...which, of course, is the point. Spiritual perfection, I learned from a Carmelite article (also linked via the image of God the Father on the sidebar) is nothing more than love (also called charity).
Love, unprejudiced by selfishness, is the message of Christ. Agape love, is love as Jesus loves--total self-giving. This "giving till it hurts" is difficult, but it is what we are all called to. Crying out to God for help and strength is the only way to accomplish this.
Quite a resolution for the New Year!