If you view crossing the finish line as the measure of your life, you’re setting yourself up for a personal disaster. There are very very very few people who win gold at the Olympics. And if you say, ‘if I don’t win gold then I’m a failure or I’ve let somebody down or something,’ .. What if you win a silver? What if you win a bronze? What if you come fourth?
You may never achieve a long-cherished writing goal. Accept it. As a young writer, I wanted to write a New York Times bestseller. I'm not dead yet, I suppose it could happen. Over the years, I've learned that it truly is the journey which counts, not the destination. Set high goals, but enjoy the journey.