A Few Things I Learned From Writing This Book:
1. BEGIN FROM A POINT OF CLARITY. Ask yourself: ‘What am I doing that I want to stop? What am I not doing that I want to begin? At this juncture, you may not know what your passions and gifts are, but undoubtedly you are clear about something. Start there.
2. TAKE ONE STEP AND SEE HOW IT FEELS. If it doesn’t feel right, try something else. Remember, the first step is the hardest. When you’re stuck in your life, it takes a lot of effort to get unstuck. But once you make the effort and start traveling in a new direction, it’s relatively easy to keep moving forward.
3. BE PERSISTENT. Almost everyone experiences setbacks and loses momentum. The trick is not to lose heart or wallow in self-pity. Most people give up too soon.
4. FOCUS ON YOUR GOAL RATHER THAN THE OBSTACLES. Don’t say, ‘I’ll never get hired because of age discrimination,’ or ‘I can’t do this because I don’t have enough money.’ Like a ballerina who looks at a spot in the distance as she pirouettes across the stage, keep your eyes fixed on your dreams.
5. REMEMBER THAT NOTHING YOU LIKE TO DO IS TIRESOME. From the outside looking in, it sounds daunting to go to medical school at 46, join the Peace Corps at 65, or become a flight attendant at 71. But the truth is that it isn’t exhausting; it’s exhilarating. It’s far more tiring to do something you don’t enjoy.
6. CULTIVATE A SENSE OF HUMOR. Laugh often, especially at yourself!
7. YA GOTTA BELIEVE. If you don’t believe in yourself and your dreams, who will? Remember the ’69 Mets (or the ’04 Red Sox, for that matter) and the possibility of glorious, come-from-behind miracles. When one reaches an impasse, emotional or otherwise, that'”