Imagine a board, perhaps two feet wide, that stretches across the floor in my office from one end to the other. You have plenty of room. Do you think you could walk across that board to the other side? [If a positive response is given:] Would you be willing to bet me five or ten dollars that you could? [Typically the answer is yes, they know that they can do it.] Then, I want you to imagine that I am pushing a button on my desk, and now the board stays there, but the floor parts, and what you see is a pit 20 feet below filled with rattlesnakes. Do you think this will affect your performance? [Most will say, yes, absolutely.] So you can see that it is important to make an intelligent decision about the risk versus the outcome. If the outcome is important, then you will feel strong enough to take the risk, and you will then focus on the board rather than on the snakes, and on the outcome on the other side. But, in order to get there, the focus must be on the board, rather than on the snakes.
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