Everyday you’re faced with decisions that involve some degree of risk. A great deal of them require little to no risk such as choosing what to wear to work. But we often have to make important decisions that require a high-risk such as the decision to relocate, get married, have children or have surgery.

Turns out that finding a balanced approach is a challenge for everyone on the risk-taking continuum because of how our brains are wired. As humans, we’re built not only to respond to immediate danger but also to consider long-term problems that affect our futures.

Some risks we encounter in are better handled when we take the time to respond, even if it seems scary in the moment. In this episode, I’ve outlined five guidelines you can keep in mind whenever you assess whether or not to forward with a risk and take a leap of faith.