one thing i have learned from the "1 step forward, 9 steps back" scenarios in my own life is - it will be easier to find the way back to where you were at your furthest forward point because you've been there before. those next 10 steps won't be nearly as hard the next time because you already know the way. sometimes i find it better not to try to look too far ahead or too far back. just the next step...
"That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. . . What will your verse be?" Robin Williams as John Keating in "Dead Poets Society"