"Forged by the fires of emotion, shaped by the hammer of discipline, cooled by the waters of knowledge, engraved with the drive to keep moving forward, and used according to personality and desire."
We, as people experience rough points in our lives, some harsher than others. Sometimes, this may cause us to forget our goals. Sometimes, we become completely different, shocking those around us. Sometimes, this may kick us forward, giving us a drive that was never before realized. Others may cause us to break down.
What is it that keeps you going? Once a person comes to realize that one thing, they set a goal for themselves. That goal could be anything, but the placement of that goal itself could either continue that drive, or possibly kill it altogether. This is not meant to discourage. One pushes forward and keeps going by setting goals of a difficult but attainable path. Grasp that goal and use it to go where you need to go.
I've often come to realise that there are, indeed distractions, rather large ones, that keep me from hitting my goals. It's understandable, given that the path to your goal is never the same, and may change depending upon how you react to the goals of others around you. One moment, you could almost be right there, but then a sudden gust will blow sand in your eyes, and turn you backward. By the time your eyes clear, you're back at your halfway point. At that point, don't try to keep going if your view is blinded. Sometimes, fate may just want you to take notice of your surroundings and bring in a better way of doing things before.