“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

Zig Ziglar 

Think of a mountain climber, scaling heights that would make ordinary people dizzy. Now, imagine them reaching the top, standing on the summit, their goal achieved. That feeling of success, it’s powerful, isn’t it? But wait, there’s more. The climb up wasn’t just about reaching the summit, it was also about the journey, the transformation.

It’s the same with your goals. Yes, reaching them brings satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment. It might even get you a promotion, a trophy, or public acclaim. But those are just the perks. The real value lies in what you become along the way.

Every struggle, every failure you overcome, every late-night working, every bit of knowledge you acquire, they mold you, transforming you into someone more resilient, more skilled, and more knowledgeable. You become a problem-solver, an overcomer, a better version of yourself.

So, as you hustle towards your goals, remember: the reward is not just the goal itself, but the person you become in the process. Cherish the journey as much as the destination. After all, the transformation you undergo is the real triumph.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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