Jiu jitsu has a pretty interesting progression, when you think about it. On the one hand we understand this is an art that takes twice as long to achieve your black belt as others: 8-10 years is a tremendously long time to do anything, really.
One the other hand there is a very steep learning curve in the beginning, and progress comes in jumps and spurts, not just a steady progression. So we focus on the short term- making sure we get to class, drilling a million times and training all the time, building ourselves up to that next level of progression.
And I think problems arise when someone focuses too much on one or the other. You focus too much on the short term, you become frustrated at the lack of progression, you focus too much on the long term you run the risk of becoming complacent or quitting.
By maintaining a balance between the two, you can focus on those little steps, but also keep in mind they are the smaller pieces to the (much) bigger picture, which will take some time to build.
…Those are just my thoughts for the moment. Have a great day everyone!