I love this post from Adrian over at the Coyote Within called, How to Give Yourself the Best Chance in Life. Head on over and check it out. Here's my favorite snippet:
Most people get the essentials of life in the wrong order. They expect to feel good (or happy, or motivated) first; then, and only then, begin to tackle what they need to do. That makes all progress dependent on something as unpredictable and fleeting as a feeling. If you do what you need to do first, regardless of your motivation or state of mind, you'll find you're more likely to feel better because you've just achieved something. Action produces feelings. Feelings rarely produce much action beyond whining or navel-gazing.
Navel gazing... hmmm.... didn't know coyotes did that too!
The post has lots of good points like this one, which is so true for me. My breakthroughs occur when I press on - when I give myself a metaphorical kick in the butt and just do it.
If I waited until I felt like doing something When I wait to do something until I feel like it - I do pitifully little.
Great success stories are almost always thick with perseverance and action.