Most people optimize for the day ahead. A few people optimize for 1-2 years ahead. Almost nobody optimizes for 3-4 years ahead (or longer).
The person who is willing to delay gratification longer than most reduces competition and gains a decisive advantage. Patience is power.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Henry David Thoreau
A head full of fears has no space for dreams.