Self-reflection and the desire to elevate oneself is a necessary practice if one wishes to come upon higher levels of thought and action.
1 - Have a clear vision of who and where you want to be.
2 - Read for 30 minutes everyday - it will get your creative juices going.
3 - Once you've accomplished a goal, guess what? It's time to create a new one.
4 - Push yourself - search for ways to reach a new level in whatever it is you are currently doing.
5 - Don't be afraid to venture out and explore the new opportunities awaiting you just around the corner.
A word of advice: there's no sense in crying over what once was; Brush yourself off and leave the dust behind.
Remember, your future is what YOU decide to make of it - make it worthwhile!