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Michael Serwa, the UK’s leading coach for the elite, works with a diverse range of highly successful, driven and accomplished CEO’s, and shares his tip with readers.

I only work with winners, and I connect with my clients because we share the same values – one of which is ambition.

One of the most common things I get asked by my clients is how to handle a potential career change. I respond with the same advice, every time.

If you are considering taking the leap, start by asking yourself one simple question. Do you jump out of bed and look forward to going to work every day? Resounding no? Then there’s your answer.

If you are wracking your brain to remember the last time you felt exhilarated by a project, inspired by a brainstorm, motivated by a colleague, then quit while you’re ahead. Don’t get to the ‘dreading it’ phase, because once you get there, it will feel much worse. Seriously.

We spend most of our waking hours at work, so if you aren’t doing what you love, do something about it and live life on your own terms. If you are prepared to firmly take this next stage of life by the reins and succeed, then I’m behind you. All the way.

Still unsure? Here are five of the most common signs it’s time to make a move:

Suffering from burnout

Exhausted, unmotivated, disinterested in your job and unable to tick off even the smallest of tasks. Sound like you? You’ve probably burned out. Compare your job performance now to previous years. Has it slipped? The process of burnout happens over an extended period of time, so looking at whether your performance has dipped will ultimately show you whether this is a short term phase, or a problem that needs dealing with.

You’re a total bore

Read this article and then call a friend. A good friend, one that will give you solid counsel and not beat around the bush. Ask them, have I become a total bore? If all you can ever talk about with friends and family is the 9pm-5pm, then it’s time to give them a break.

Confidence issues

Are you starting to wonder if the problem is in fact, you? You’re beating yourself up inside and have lost your drive. Man up. If you once had ambition, but it appears to have disappeared, you need to ask yourself if you are on the right path for you.

Sunday night fever

That aching feeling of dread and despair from about 4pm… sound familiar? If Sunday night blues are a weekly occurrence, it’s time for a switch. You read this far – still reading this article and nodding your head? Need I say more. The only person in charge of your own destiny is you. Get out there and commit to the next stage of your life. You can thank me later.

Learn more at michaelserwa.com.

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