Say you headed east for a long time and have come far. Your trip, your steps so far, are recorded in your brain and reflected in the actual position in which you are standing now. This is a fact and has nothing to do with whether you believe in karma or not. The more important thing is where do you go from here? Is there a reason for you to walk in the same direction as you have? Yes, if you know that this is the direction in which your hope lies. However, if you walk in the same direction for no particular reason, then you are subjecting yourself to carelessness and continuing habit, which has nothing to do with your karma.
You always can choose your direction. Ask Your Heart and Talk with Your Brain
If your choice requires you to completely change your life, change directions, and leave the comfort and security of the path that you have walked so far, it is natural for hesitation and second thoughts to accompany such a decision. However, as you know already, more calculations and deliberation do not make the choice any easier or wiser. Ultimately, the decision is a one-time choice.
The question to ask is simple: What is it you really want? What are the things that fill your heart with hope and joy? Ask your soul and heart this question. There is no guarantee that your choice is the one that corresponds to that original hope that acted as the seed around which your soul was built. However, if you don’t ask your soul, where else would you direct the question? If not to your heart, then where?