Sun Tzu in the Art of War named a stratagem along the lines of…
Always give your enemy an escape route. When they are losing the battle, they will flee and you’ll be able to kill off several of their men for free.
But if you don’t give the enemy an escape route, each individual in the enemies army will know their only chance for survival will be to win the battle. Because of this, they will fight ten times, even a hundred times harder and your men will suffer many losses.
So I took this idea and applied it to my Self.
Life is the commanding army and my Self is the enemy.
If Life places me in situations in which I have an escape route, I will likely take that escape and so suffer many casualties to my Self.
However, if I am careful to place my Self in situations in which Life has cornered me, where my Self has no escape routes, then I will fight ten times, even a hundred times as hard in order to fight through Life and therefore win the battle.