The ONE thing that every person who has ever made big shifts in their lives, personally or professionally, has in common is consistency.
Your feelings don't matter. Your motivation level doesn't matter. Whether or not you feel inspired that day does not matter. The only thing that matters is your action.
What did you do today?
"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do." (Henry Ford)
The reason action usurps "goals" is best explained with this analogy:
When you focus on goals and results, your brain is like a six year old child in the backseat of your car - it wants to know one thing and one thing only...are we there yet?!?
When you focus on goals and results - the "end game" - you are not only constantly disappointed (because, no, you are not there yet!), but you get frustrated with that fact a lot. You may even obsess about it. With "end game" focus, the time and work it takes to 'not be there yet' seems exhausting and tedious, because it's easy to get focused on NOT being there.
If you head over to Google and start exploring "success," you will find a mish-mash of articles, memes, quotes, worksheets and programs of various kinds about goal-setting, planning, and motivation. Some will tell you the secret to success is waking up at some ungodly hour, while others will tell you it's about more education or more certifications, and even more will tell you that success comes from working directly with them.
All good stuff if it works for you. But those things will never work - if you don't take action.
“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.” (Tony Robbins)
I am constantly amazed at how convoluted we make "success."
Do you want to be successful? Here's the secret...start now and do not stop.
Don't feel good that day? Do it anyway.
Not motivated that day? Do it anyway.
Got 'really busy' with stuff? Do it anyway.
“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” (Stephen King)
Success is all about doing. Too much thinking, too much talking, too much procrastinating and too much 'waiting until it's perfect' kills success in its tracks.
Whether it's Henry Ford or Tony Robbins or Stephen King or Robin Sacks who reminds you to take action, it will always be Nike who said it best - Just Do It!