Many people feel they have a book inside of them and aspire to write. Far too often, the book just stays inside of them instead of the individual grabbing a pencil and putting it down on paper. Not so with Jeff Lazarus. Jeff, author of the just-published book "Dogtology" shares how he got the book out of his mind and onto paper.
We all have dreams and, as we’ve said before, sometimes we lose sight of them as daily life gets in the way. Here are five steps to help you move your dream forward. They’re really pretty simple and they’re effective because they are so simple:
Sounds too easy, right? Let’s try it out and see how it works. Say I want to learn how to play the piano. Here are the five steps in action:
Decide how I want to learn. I could teach myself (YouTube “learn how to play the piano for beginners” returned 1.7 MILLION results and Amazon has 6500 “teach yourself piano” books listed). I could hire a piano teacher (“piano teachers Budapest” returned 225,000 results – with 43 pages that were in English). The good news is that there are many options and they’re accessible.
Decide how I will practice. An electric piano starts at around $100 with what appear to be quality brands costing $500-800. Used acoustic pianos start at around $1000. Alternatively, schools and churches have pianos in them – maybe I could get access to one?
Figure out when I have time to learn. Learning to the level I want to achieve will take time. I’ll need to commit to a lesson and practice schedule or I’ll never get it done. For me, paying for a tutor may be a better solution than a free online course. Left up to me without some kind of ROI (In this case, it’s “Risk of Ignoring” as my buddy DK taught me), it’s easy to push off lessons for other commitments. Having a set time commitment where others are dependent on me and for which I’m paying adds that extra push I sometimes need. Another solution is to set a goal – make a commitment where I have to perform, like at a birthday party nine months away. I know me and know that sometimes I need a fire underneath me to get me to commit.
The key to this whole process is starting. Devote some time to really think about your dream, write it down and make a list of what you need to do to start moving toward it. And then take that first step.
Let us know how you get along! We’re here to help you move forward.