I'm sure you've heard it at least once before. You know, the anecdotal tale of the woodcutter who works tirelessly sawing wood for days on end, becoming increasingly less productive because the incessant sawing dulls his blade. The simple solution to his declining productivity is to occasionally sharpen the saw.
I have seen far too many people dream of success in various fields not achieve their goals because they either: A) lacked an intrinsic motivation for attaining the goal, or B) employed a strategy that wasn't properly aligned with attaining the goal. The root cause of both problems is failing to ask yourself, "Why?"