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I was in the corporate world for many years. I never hated my job, but over the course of many years, I gradually felt more and more unfulfilled, bored, and stuck. While there were many aspects of the job that I enjoyed, including the intellectual challenge, the perks, and the compensation, I found myself wishing for a change. I began to look for advice and answers on whether I should change or resign from my job.

After reading volumes of self-help books, hiring a life coach, and speaking to others, I realized that I was the only person who could make the decision of whether to quit my job. Some of the questions I asked myself before making the decision were:

  • How do I feel on Sunday nights? Do I dread the thought of going to work on Monday morning?

  • Can I picture myself working in this job five years and ten years from now?

  • What are my other job prospects? Do I have enough connections in the industry to easily secure another job? Can I easily obtain another job at equal or higher pay?

  • Do I feel comfortable leave my current job without having another job lined up?

  • Do I have sufficient savings or income from other sources to support myself and my family for at least a year if I resigned?

  • Can I pay for health insurance on my own? Are there any pre-existing health conditions that could cause an insurance company to deny coverage to me or any member of my family?

  • What would be the impact on my family if I changed or resigned from my job?

  • What is my H.E.A.R.T telling to me do?

The fact that I did not have a bad boss or work in monstrous conditions made it all the more difficult to leave or change my job. In addition, golden handcuffs were bound tightly around my wrists because I received a very good salary. Nonetheless, I felt an inner prompting to leave. As I wanted to be absolutely certain that I was making the right decision, I considered these other factors:

  • Have I stopped enjoying my job?

  • Have I outgrown this job?

  • Does this job put too much stress and toll on my body?

  • Does this job allow me to spend time with my family?

  • Would I lose out on a promotion or higher compensation if I left this job?

  • Is my current position secure?

  • Is the company I am working for financially stable?

  • Is the company culture consistent with my values and the way I operate?

  • How likely is it that I will feel just as dissatisfied, if not more, at my next job?

  • Will I have better opportunities at a different job?

  • Do I want to strike out on my own and be my own boss or look for another job?

  • How long and how often have I thought about quitting or changing jobs?

  • Will I have any regrets by leaving my job?

  • And, again, what is my H.E.A.R.T telling me to do?

Although I eventually stopped fighting my inner voice and made a change, it was an extraordinarily difficult decision. Changing or quitting a job is a major life decision that should not be taken lightly by anyone, as it is entirely possible that you could end up hating the next job even more, be unemployed for a long period of time, or be put in a precarious financial situation by leaving your current job. Although there is no way to predict the future, if you are constantly thinking about quitting or changing your job and your inner voice is prompting you to do it, it just might be time for you to take a leap of faith.

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