There is always a place to make hay. You understand that it can come from the lottery. It can really come from hard work, over time. It comes from the connections you make and the direction you take. But, in-between, how do you, through the struggle, remember what the final goal is?
You see fictional accounts of quest like in the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Stand By Me, etc, that have a specific goal for a group. In this case, you are just one individual. The concept is the same. You take on the idea of getting from point A to B.
But, the time in between can truly throw you off the track. Whether it is different opportunities, false opportunities, or anything, getting to the goal is dreadful. The hope is to invest in some hope parts of what makes that goal so great and to see it as enough to meet your final goal.