The “long haul” is a lot longer than it used to be. Over the last century, average life expectancy has increased by 30 years (unless you live in Monaco where you get 9 more). If you are life-planning for the long haul, your task is getting harder.
Common use of the term “long haul” began about 100 years ago and has grown since. It originated with early sailors who were hauling goods over the open sea trade routes from Egypt to Alexandria. Merchants trading along short hauls in the Mediterranean Sea got more paydays, but for lesser amounts. If you were willing to take some risk and be patient, bigger returns were available from the long haul.
Those old rules still apply. People contemplating major life change, say from marriage, career or weight loss, will often tell themselves that they are in it for the long haul. One night stands, job-hopping or crash dieting may produce swifter fulfillment, but the long haul pays off better overall. Everybody knows that.