I listened to an interview with CJ Martin recently. He has coached many high level Crossfit athletes and even went to the Games himself back in their infancy in 2008. What I found most interesting was when he discussed motivation - how it can either come from a negative or a positive place - and the difference it makes in pursuing the goal.
When he coached Camille Leblanc-Bazinet in 2014 she was motivated by a desire to see how well she could perform in the sport she loved. It was an internal desire based in joy. She won the Crossfit Games that year. But the following year he noticed that her motivation was coming more from a place of external pressure and expectation to repeat. Her emotional state and performance suffered.
We're taught to make goals and then pursue them, but it's important to look ourselves in the mirror to figure out whether the motivation is based on a positive desire... or a negative fear. Both will provide energy, but only one will result in a happy journey.