Sometimes it helps to make a map. Not just of where you’re going–but also of where you’ve been. Mapping out your progress toward a large goal can put current struggles or deliberations into perspective, and give you a visual report on how much you’ve invested, committed, and succeeded up to this point.
It can also help you articulate what you’ve done and learned, so that you can share your findings with others when the time is right.
As with all projects, it never hurts to add a little Pep Talk Smiley (TM).