Focus on the target, not the adversity. (Tom Sheard and Wally Armstrong, authors)
These authors were relating lessons about life to be learned from golf with particular applications to spiritual life. This is an especially pertinent axiom for all of us who have faced obstacles at one time or another. We should avoid concentrating on the difficulty and give our fullest attention to the goal we are aiming to achieve.
It is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (Philippians 2:13).