When we’re pursuing our dreams, there’s a real hunger to make them happen as fast as possible. Whether those dreams involve a career goal, a creative endeavor, like writing a novel, or even buying that first home, working the long stretch to realize them can be frustrating.
The actress Solenn Heussaff once said: “There is no never… just long periods of not yet.” I like this quote because it reminds us that the best we can do is stay the course, work hard, and maintain our hope.
Earning the promotion, writing the next page, or saving up the down payment isn’t easy, but we must have a reason to sustain us. As the sculptor will tell you, sometimes it’s the 100th blow which cracks the stone.
When it seems like you’re facing “never,” try and remind yourself that it’s really just a long period of “not yet.” Remember you’re not alone. Everyone who has earned their way can remember their own version of “not yet.”
Do what you can do today, take the next right action, and with time and concerted effort you will learn to endure. The reward is all the more sweet for the time we spend chasing it.