After you have read S.M.A.R.T. Goals: Part 1 - Goal-setting and reflected on your GOAL, we can dig a little deeper into the learning process and how it applies to reaching your goals.
Abraham Maslow mapped out the learning process into 4 stages of competence. As we go through these stages, specific things happen that can naturally leave us encouraged and discouraged during our journey towards meeting our end-game objective. Understanding and recognizing the stages can empower you keep pressing forward, regardless of any frustrations or setbacks you will likely encounter.
I like to use visualization to help me work through these stages and be more in-tune with the process of learning. I picture how it feels to be in each stage, and visualize myself performing drills or behaviors that get me closer to the next stage.