I am sure you heard the saying about burning bridges. Bridges are metaphors of connecting either your past to the present or the present to the future. So what do philosophers say about burning bridges? David Russell said, "The hardest thing in life to learn is which bridge to cross and which to burn.” While Steve Maraboli challenges us to be bold “Stop telling me not to burn bridges. Some bridges are meant to be burnt, some roads are never meant to be traveled again.”
I look at bridges basically by their functions. If I am trying to extinguish a habit, I spend a good deal of time gathering kindling wood and small reinforcers to light the bridge on fire and I watch the bridge burn. If I am trying to build a bridge to my new habit, I reinforce the foundation of the bridge. I patiently plan small reinforcers until the new habit is rooted in my consciousness.
I have burnt bridges of mistakes I have made and never look back, and I have created vast bridges to connect with superhighways of networks and opportunities. Try it, and please let me know about your bridges.