Stepping forward on the road of your dreams, you’re haunted by a powerful adversary. It’s not failure or fear. It’s the quest for perfection. A siren’s call that lures you off the path, promising you the best.

Imagine your dream as a grand mountain. Its peak, the pinnacle of your ambition. The best, the Everest of your dreams. It’s awe-inspiring, but daunting. It makes you stumble, cease, question if the summit is even reachable. The best becomes the enemy of the better. It freezes you in your tracks, making you question each step, scrutinizing every tiny imperfection. It asks you to leap, not step. It’s the venomous snake that bites at your heels, demanding immediate perfection.

Instead, visualize your journey as a trail of stepping stones. Each stone, a little victory, a bit of progress. The ‘better.’ Not flawless, not the highest, but forward. Inch by inch, step by step, you ascend your mountain. Slow and steady. Every small triumph, every ‘better,’ a foothold taking you closer to your peak.

In this journey, seek better, not best. The ‘best’ is a mirage, shimmering in the distance, the thirst of perfection unquenchable. But ‘better’ is the cool, refreshing spring of progress, steadily quenching your thirst, bit by bit. It whispers softly, “progress, not perfection.” Its magic lies in its simplicity, its attainability.

In the race against your dreams, ‘better’ is the tortoise, slow and steady. The ‘best’ is the hare, fast and fleeting. And we all know who wins the race.

Perfection is a false idol, an enemy disguised as a friend. It halts progress, it fosters stagnation. Let ‘better’ be your true friend. Let progress be your guiding star. It might not be the glittering constellation of perfection, but it’s the humble north star guiding you toward your dreams.

Embrace the ‘better,’ not the ‘best.’ Continue moving forward, unswayed by the siren song of perfection. Navigate the stepping stones of progress toward your dreams. Remember, the best is the enemy of the better.

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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