Deepak Chopra presents the concept of “living backward in time” through a conversation with Merlin and young Arthur in his bookThe Way of the Wizard. Merlin explains to Arthur that wizards live backward in time by allowing the future to create the present. Instead of allowing fear and the burden of the past to influence their choices, wizards use their visions of a realized future as a magnetic force to pull them in the right direction. They live backward in time.
I love this idea because life has proven to work this way to me.