In the book, Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be, Steven Pressfield shares his inspiration and techniques to help us make the life-altering transformation.
These are some of my favorite takeaways from reading the book.
First and foremost, what does Steve mean when he says, “Put your ass where your heart wants to be?” He suggests we must station our physical body where our dream work will and must happen.
Want to program a computer? Sit down at the keyboard.
Want to paint? Step up before the easel.
Want to dance? Get our butt into the rehearsal studio.
Why is this simple advice so hard to do? Fear!
Fear will always be with us, so there is no way to eliminate it. The only thing we can do to counter the fear is to do the work. “Tremendous power lies in the simple, physical act of stationing our body at the epicenter of our dream.”
Sometimes, “Put Your Ass…” might mean a new physical location.
Want to work in country music? Consider Nashville, TN.
Want to act in movies? Consider Hollywood, CA.
Steve says, “Leave the Town or city where you live and move to the hub of the creative or entrepreneurial world where your dreams are most likely to come true.”
Another reason to relocate is to work with the people whom we can learn from. Role models and knowledgeable friends are what we all learn from. Those are the people we watch and copy.
For some fields, we might have to move because the new location is where the industry pros and masters congregate. Sometimes it is not for our hearts to be in the right place. Our body must be there too.