How do you decide what risks to take?. When reaching a decision involving a risk I often begin by making a list (physically or mentally) of the pros and cons. This helps me identify the advantages of taking the risk or not taking the risk. It helps to identify whether there really is a risk in there, and if so if it is a risk to be embraced or avoided. For example, getting married was a risk [because it was such a huge unknown] — and yet because I loved him so very much, it was a risk I embraced. On the other hand, skydiving is a risk that I am not willing to take—because the potential for death is undeniably there.
When the considered risk is a job change or a relocation I look at the advantages and disadvantages of leaving things as they are and compare them to the advantages and disadvantages of taking the job or relocation. I look at the financial factors, I look at the cost of the move, I look at the disruption and the potential for a wonderful or not-so-wonderful new life.
I use my brain and my heart—-I do not go by the ‘if it feels good do it’ because that leaves out common sense, morality, etc…unless you have yourself so highly trained that the foolishly risky, the immoral, and the illegal, don’t even give you the idea it might ‘feel good’…but the question is can you count on that? Because you can really convince yourself of anything. So I pray for wisdom and guidance. I consult with people I love and trust. And then I decide the best I can.