Life is like a game of Cradle of Rome. Stay with me on this. The thought has been simmering for a while. Cradle of Rome is a match-3 game, Bejeweled with Roman history and a chance to become a god.
Each level has a different frame shape. The shape and the jewel selection grow in difficulty making it more difficult to clear each screen. The basic skill that runs through the entire game is the ability to recognize ever more subtle patterns.
Much like in life, you learn a skill, practice it and then need to stretch to move up to the next level. If you break the learning cycle, you stay where you are. You can replay your earlier successes, but until you work to master that next level becoming emperor or god is out of the question.
Buried deeper then analogy of continually developing core skills to improve outcomes is the idea that the one big score takes it all. The player sees the pattern with one piece missing to make it the perfect big score move and bets the level on the right piece falling into place before time runs out. He or she creates a roadblock to reaching the next level.
Loosen your hold on the illusion of perfection. Detach yourself from the idea that there is only one way to move forward. Instead of waiting indefinitely for all the pieces to fall in place for the big score, take the move presented to you and watch the board and your options open up.