This was an interesting quote I found in the Buddhist Immeasurable Life Sutra, which is the cornerstone of Pure Land Buddhism:
“At that time the Buddha Lokeshvararaja recognized the Bhiksu Dharmakara’s noble and high aspirations, and taught him as follows: ‘If, for example, one keeps on bailing water out of a great ocean with a pint-measure, one will be able to reach the bottom after many kalpas and then obtain rare treasures. Likewise, if one sincerely, diligently and unceasingly seeks the Way, one will be able to reach one’s destination. What vow is there which cannot be fulfilled?’ (trans. Rev Hisao Inagaki)
“Faith” in this context is different than faith in the Judaeo-Christian sense, but it is an important feature of Buddhism. If one lacks faith in the Dharma, and the benefits that derive from putting it into practice,1 then one will simply languish in life and get nowhere.
Of course, you can apply this advice to any pursuit in life, but it is doubly true where the Buddhist path is concerned.
Namu Amida Butsu
1 Whatever Buddhist practice that be: meditation, reciting the Buddha’s name, etc.