Avoidance versus the "plow method"

I read something interesting today. The gentleman said, "I actively try to avoid those things at all costs," to which he was referring to relationships souring or cancer.

But avoidance to me at times sounds like back-peddling, especially when one is trying to side-step disaster with a loved one. It can come in the form of denial and inaction.

So rather than trying to slow down and avoid, why not full steam ahead?