You are the one who decides. There isn't someone outside of you telling you, "you MUST progress in this EXACT way and if you don't you're a terrible bad person." There's just your own freedom to choose who you want to be and then either alignment with that or not.
Do you want to be MORE than who you are today? Then everyday make those choices that align with a greater you. And keep making those choices knowing that as you do you are creating that future that you desire and it WILL be.