The three of wands is an excellent cheerleading and motivating card! Wands in tarot are known as the action cards and refer to movement, going forward and have fire as the element when you get this in a reading, its confirmation that you are heading in the right direction towards your goals. That you are starting to see results from initial steps taken.
A great analogy when you see the ship in the distance is that your "ship" is coming in, but as it's still in the distance on the horizon, you need to put in the time and work. Your dream is becoming a reality; keep going! :)
All my love