Perhaps most important in the development of a solid structure of self-confidence is the ability to calculate the risk involved in our actions. Everything we do entails risk, even the smallest movements and the simplest techniques: we can injure ourselves slipping from a three-foot high wall or landing badly from a short precision just as easily as we can from a big cat-leap or a complex vault. What separates us from the danger-freaks is the knowledge that we are taking calculated risks, fully cognizant of our capacity to overcome them, along with our facility to make good choices about the risks we take. To explore any new and unusual situation in Parkour necessitates the taking of risks, but this does not mean we have to throw ourselves into highly dangerous situations on a regular basis. The risk-factor must be graduated, and initially should remain low until our skill level increases enough for us to move on to more difficult maneuvers.
Self-confidence is so called because it is an isolated skill. It has to come from within you; otherwise it will likely be false confidence which so often leads to failure and injury. Do not be
concerned with impressing others or keeping up with the more advanced; just follow your own rhythm and let your confidence build gradually. Take your time – if you don't feel confident of success, don't attempt it. The obstacle will not disappear: go away, practice, and come back when you know it is within your abilities. Equally you may feel highly confident of performing a certain move but an honest appraisal of your abilities might reveal that your body is not yet capable or prepared. Be patient, and do not attempt to rush through the stages too quickly. Again, use the three-tiered approach to any new movement: First, just do it; second, do it well; and third, do it fast and well. This method of progressive training develops a sincere harmony between body and mind, so that one will not fool the other and they will work together not only to achieve your goals but also to keep you safe.