I find working with someone to a common goal really helps. Or at the least gives you someone to be accountable to. If you have no one to be accountable to it can make hitting your goals that much harder and seem like more work. Let everyone know your goals and don't let anyone hold you back. Proclaim your goal with certainty and strength. Let those nay Sayers watch you succeed and those that believe in you drive you farther. You are worth it! You can accomplish anything!