In an essay entitled “We Have Cause to be Uneasy,” C. S. Lewis, a Christian thinker-writer for whom I have great admiration, wrote the following words:
We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.
Application? Don’t continue in the wrong direction simply because you’re moving. Movement doesn’t guarantee progress. Instead, know exactly where you are and where you want to be, then move in the right direction, which may mean for a short time that you essentially go backwards. It may seem illogical at first, but your progress will soon be evident. If you don’t turn back, you’re only going farther in the wrong direction.