How do you know when it's officially time to jump for the job you either hate or know deep down you weren't meant for, to your true calling and passion? There is certainly quite a bit of faith involved in making the decision, but it comes down to the best laid plans and some good counsel.
Praying certainly is beneficial, but I can't recall a single time that God has ever spoken directly to me. Rather, I believe that he strategically speaks to me through others. When making any big decision, I always seek the advice of others. And not just one other person, but many people.
Planning during this stage is very important. Some think that planning requires giving up all spontaneity, but I tend to believe the exact opposite. Planning allows me to know exactly what I can and cannot do in my life.
When it all comes down to it, good counsel and your best plans may still require a tremendous leap of faith. If most of the signs point to yes, then it may be your time.