Try reaching forward and reaching backward at the same time. It isn't very comfortable nor productive. If someone were to pull on both outstretched arms, it would become even more uncomfortable and you most likely wouldn't go anywhere. You stay in the same place. The same is true when we are looking backward and trying to go forward at the same time. Our effort is split between the two directions and we end up not going anywhere.
Lord, help me reach forward toward You and You alone and trust that You will pull me in the right direction.