I heard the term "getting off the freeway sooner" from a friend. I liked it.
In life we may choose the wrong road numerous times, but as we grow we learn to see that we are headed in the wrong direction. That the road we are on takes us to places we do not want to go. So we start getting off an exit sooner. We recognize sooner and sooner that we are once again on the wrong road.
We may still get on the wrong freeway but as time goes on and lessons are learned we find ourselves gettin off on the very next exit.