The Goal isn't Really the Goal
It sounds wrong - the goal isn't really the goal - but it goes back to what Jim Rohn talks about concerning the true nature of achieving goals. It's impossible to really "work on a goal." You have to work on YOURSELF and then your goals will develop and manifest in proportion to your own personal development. And then when we reach that goal, be it a vacation, a new occupation, a better friendship...we realize it isn't the achieving of the goal that is so great, it is who we've become in the process. As Jim Rohn said, "Become a millionaire for what it will make of you to become a millionaire. And then give the money away."
This takes the pressure off because we human beings are extremely poor at realizing how close we are to achieving the milestones we set for ourselves, and we can stress ourselves out over "lack of progress." As soon as we realize that the goal isn't the goal - it's who we are becoming - then we can celebrate every day just knowing that we're even only 1% better than we were yesterday. As Kyle Maynard (a man born without arms or legs who crawled up Mount Kilamanjaro) said, sometimes you need to look back down the mountain and give yourself credit for how far you've come.