Even as a youth, I was told to consider my options when I was making an important decision. My parents taught me to take a piece of paper, draw a line down the middle, and write down the “pros” on one side and the “cons” on the other.
How do you know whether to speed up (take the risk), slow down (minimize a risk), or even stop if you don’t understand all the things that might happen? You have to be able to assess and evaluate both the good and the bad so what you put on each side of the scale is in fact comparable.
Richard Chambers has shared his valuable insights in another post. In Europe’s Internal Auditors Are Already Identifying the Risks for 2021 he makes a number of excellent observations, especially his opening paragraph.