Going backwards towards a goal?

We go backwards when we give ourselves permission to do whatever we decided not to do. We give in to our impulses and compromise our commitment. At that time we want both things: What we’ll get when we achieve the goal, and what we think we’ll get when we practice the behavior it’s our goal to avoid. We fool ourselves into believing we can have both, by telling ourselves just once won’t make a difference in whether we achieve the goal, or that we’ll get back on track with the desired behavior tomorrow; or we’re so far into denial we think, for example, that we’re eating perfectly, and we don’t even “see” the reality of what we’re doing.