It's often difficult to keep your eye on the prize, or your focus on the end goal. Is it the road traveled, or the destination that drives us? Is it scaling the mountain or reaching the top that motivates us? I am safe to say it is both. It's why it soooo (more o's) important to give yourself milestones of success. Hitting your daily goals? Celebrate. Finished that query letter? Celebrate. Hit that send button? Celebrate. Every piece of the puzzle counts and you should be proud of yourself.
The reality is...the moment is all we are guaranteed.