There’s nothing like the feeling of starting over or starting something new in your life. Good or bad, change is a natural part of personal, physical and mental growth for all of us. However, knowing when to make a change is tough for many people; especially when it concerns your job. The New York Times recently reviewed a few books covering the topic of change and addressed specifically leaving your job from a new angle — knowing when to quit. That’s right, quitting your job can be a positive step but you need to understand when it’s the right step for it surely can be one of the toughest changes you make because so much of you depends on it. One of the books is “Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work,” by Peg Streep and Alan Bernstein, 272 pp. provides a break down of obstacles to quitting. Illustrated with stories of men and women who had the courage to gracefully quit jobs that did not satisfy them, it provides an option, if you can, to being fired. Quitting vs. being fired is the age old question and one that truly can be answered with “it depends on your situation”. Either one can be a decision that is made by you so that you can be prepared for what lies ahead with a game plan. When is it time to stop persisting and start quitting? From the Book: Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work – Take a moment and answer the following questions. Just thinking about the answers will give you insight into your ability to artfully quit and kick start a new you. • Do you believe that “winners never quit and quitters never win”? • How realistic are you when it comes to setting goals? • What matters more: staying the course or exploring new possibilities in life? • How much of your sense of self relies on other people’s judgments? • Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you’re unhappy? • When you try something new, do you focus on the effort you have to put in or the possibility of failure? • Are you a procrastinator or a delayer when it comes to getting things done? • How much do you worry about making a mistake? Do you second-guess yourself? • How hard is it for you to get over a setback? If you do get fired, this guest post on Forbes gives you 6 tips on what NOT to do when it happens. The main thing is not to panic; change can be good. The Huffington Post recently shared a list of books that can help you with “meaningful change”…change that can help you be the creator of positive change vs. feeling like the victim. In this list you will see some notable authors and a few new ones that can help you assess and make helpful choices. A new year is always a chance for a better YOU and it’s OK, actually positive, to make change happen. Good luck and here’s to a better YOU!