This is one of the funniest power plays ever...
Sometimes you gotta roll with it and bite the bullet. Backing down is not always a sign of cowardice...often, it's a sign of intelligence. And in the case of that British aircraft carrier, bravado isn't an option.
Have you ever found yourself backed into a corner, with no visible way out? There are times when it's wisest to simply say "Okay...you win..." to the world, and look for another way around the problem. I've been there a few times, and I find that backing off and taking another shot from a better angle is the only way to survive. Whether it's a wip that just doesn't work, or something in life that just refuses to happen properly, butting my head against the brick wall isn't working.
I have been working on two wips for over a month, and I'm about ready to scream. Neither of them is moving the way I want them to. But I have my devious ways of getting around the problem...I read. And read. And read.
And then I go back and attack the wip again.
How do you deal with it when nothing seems to work?