There is a difference of nearness according to how resolute one is: mild, moderate or intense.
The sooner and more intense we are in our resolution and efforts, the quicker we will experience the state of Illumination, the realization of the Self Within. No effort is ever wasted. However there are many challenges along the way: external and internal distractions, unhelpful habits, unhealthy attachments, a disillusioned mind, incorrect understanding and means, fears and uncontrolled appetites, past Karmic debts and insufficient Inner Shakti. The keys to success in nearness are: right aptitude, right attitude, detachment and intense effort.