What does it have to do with sustainability? This topic is very relevant in this context since our drive for instant gratification makes us expect the result of any action materializing immediately.
When you do something and can’t see the positive outcome straight away, you can get demotivated and restore to activities which supply you with instant gratification. When you want to mitigate global warming, unfortunately, you can’t expect immediate results. Instead of seeing it as a failure, becoming resigned and demotivated, you should keep reminding yourself that you are in this process for long-term.
We need to be patient and continue our efforts as long as we are alive. This approach helps to stay sane and avoid disappointment.