"You can keep your goals on track by concentrating on the facts of the here and now rather than your reactions to the past or your anxieties regarding the future. By focusing on what you need to do in the present to attain your goals, you can avoid being distracted by the unknown."
Source: The Daily Om
The quote is an excerpt of my horoscope for today and it can't be closer to the truth. Self-defeating behavior distracts from focusing positively on plans for goals and ambitions.
While it sounds like an excuse, behaviors that have become routine are subconscious and automatic . . . at least that is how I see it.
Change the behavior to remain aware, focused and positive.