Are lawyers risk averse by nature or through conditioning? Maybe a little of both. If you spend your day identifying risks for clients, it is only natural that you might become somewhat risk averse yourself. By the same token, risk averse individuals may be more likely to choose law as a profession (or at least be the ones who seem well suited to a legal career.)
A professional coach argues that in life, we feel most alive when we take risks. A good coach can help you with this if you are having difficulty taking risks in order to get yourself to the next career stage.