Looking forward, not back, is a good way to get to where you are going.
Making progress, seeing that progress, and building upon it will take you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.
As Sensei says:
“It is not how you compare to others that is important, but rather how you compare to who you were yesterday. If you’ve advanced even one step, then you’ve achieved something great.”
How ever you measure that progress, and whether anyone else notices, or not, you are one step closer to where, or who, you want to be in the future.