When he was small(er), my son made the wonderful statement that his favourite part of the game of tennis was the tackling.
And while I’m not sure he quite understood the rules of the tennis at the time, one thing he does understand, even in his very early years as a sportsman, is that if a tackle is there to be made, you must make it. You put your body on the line, but better to do your bit than doing nothing and letting the result be determined by someone else.
It’s like a decision, especially a big one.
Expect that it’s not your body that you’re putting on the line – it’s your reputation. Each of us are defined by the decisions we make every day. None of us will get them all correct, but just like a tackle, if you don’t make them when they need to be made, you’re leaving your fate to chance.