The fourth principle in readying for your risk is that you need pressure to nudge yourself from your current situation—your risk platform. Consider again the high dive. The moment preceding the jump is full of tension. The diver is well aware of being watched. The expectant eyes of the audience create pressure—pressure to leap, pressure to perform, pressure not to let the audience down. This is a pressure she’s felt before. She’s been dealing with it since she was a kid doing belly flops at the local pool. Other folks have pressured her too, like her parents, coach, and friends. But most of all, she’s felt pressure from herself. She constantly goads herself to dive higher and perform better.

Our lives have many points of risk pressure that ...

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