On African Safari, I was fortunate enough to see a cheetah. Cheetahs are the fastest animal on earth, running up to 90 miles per hour. However, they can only do this for a very short amount of time. If potential prey is close by when the cheetah starts running after it, indeed it will not be able to run away. If the potential prey is not close, then it will be able to outrun the cheetah because it cannot keep up this speed over any significant distance. The cheetah we saw was in fact in a spot of desperation, it had not eaten in a couple of weeks and was very weak, which in turn led to poor decisions of which animals to pursue.
Making decisions from a spot of desperation rarely goes well. For the cheetah, it means more days without eating. For humans, it can mean everything from taking the wrong job, to being with the wrong person, to being in the wrong place, to eating the wrong thing. Remember that this is a world filled with choices, we always have another way. Unless we are stranded alone in nature like the cheetah, we can be fairly certain that desperation is a story that we have created ourselves. It does not truly exist.
Desperation is no place to live. If you ever feel like you are in this kind of spot, avoid making decisions and do whatever kind of clearing is necessary until you feel ready and able to make choices again.