There's an expression we would use on the golf course when we were facing a long hole. We would grab our biggest club, step up to the tee, and say, "Grip it and rip it!" It was an encouragement to hang on to your club and swing hard for maximum impact. It may not have been the best counsel in every situation, but it helped us focus on the distance of the task at hand. This philosophy could actually be helpful when you were swinging with intense purpose and aim.
I don't know that this is the very best advice for every life situation either, but there is some wisdom in it. When we are assessing difficult circumstances we should exhibit commitment to the process of overcoming. We need to adjust our gaze down the horizon and put our best efforts into finding the solution. Applying maximum effort with intense purpose and aim will help us to be successful even when it appears as if we have a long way to go.