In the latest post from Derek Sivers, he talks about the importance of cutting through the mess to decipher your ultimate goal.
That very premise is one of the cornerstones for my upcoming book, "Plan Your Band". It's easy to get distracted by the details. As absurdly simple as it may sound-- it's surprisingly helpful to sit down with yourself and reevaluate specifically what your dream/goal may be.
"You need to distinguish between what is your real goal, and what are the unnecessary details. Don’t let the details distract you from your goal. For each of your dreams, occasionally ask yourself what was the real point. Then look for a better way to get to that point."
This is surprisingly common when pursuing your passion because you're constantly and meticulously observing those that came before you and found success in the same field. The problem is-- there isn't one precise method for anything that leads to success.
This is not to discourage you from mimicking your mentors. Just remember, when you find yourself stuck in a rut, take a step back and ask yourself if what you're doing is directly moving you toward your goal.