Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected. – Sun Tzu Art of War Ch. 6, Part 5.
In chess, if you ever start back peddling or playing defensive, you will lose.
Defense doesn’t win. It’s a playing safe strategy and playing safe will cost you more than playing offensively. You either win or you learn if you play offensively. If you play defensively, you lose, and you learn nothing.
Think of a situation in your life that you are playing defensively in. How can you offensively turn it around and find another way to strike at it?
Recommended Read: The Art of War