Step One: Check to see if you can pass at least the 2nd class FAA flight physical. You can look-up all the requirements for free, then ask your doc. If you can't pass a 2nd class, then forget the whole thing.
FAA Physical scheduled for Wednesday. Should I go ahead with 2nd class now? I was thinking 3rd class was all I needed.?
Step Two: Take one intro instructional flight with an older ( gray or white hair) CFI and make sure you like it and make sure she or he thinks you have any aptitude for this business. If you stink at it, take up sailing. I said instructional, not a flight seeing trip with your kids, and not another hour for a young CFI who really wants to be a space shuttle pilot.
I have taken a "Discovery Flight" years ago. Basically a 30 minute flight where the CFI let me take controls and showed me the basic ropes, etc. of maneuvering the plane. After that I did take a few lessons, but had to stop for unforseen financial reasons.
(I do also sail a bit, Lol)
Step Three: Find a used DVD or computer CD written test prep course. King Course. It should be only 18 months old at max. (ebay) Start working on that every night so you can pass the written.
When I previously took a few lessons, I did a weekend ground school class and passed the FAA written. I think I would pass again with a little refresher and some studying. (it has been about 6 years so the one I passed is no good now).
Once I get a CFI on-board I will see which books he\she recommends..I am currently reading Rod Machado's PP book..
Step Four: Start piece-milling together some flight lessons with an old CFI who does not need to build hours.
There is a local flying club I can join that has 2 planes, a 172 and 182. Once a member you can rent wet cheaper than any school around here. They also have about 5 CFIs that are members. I am not sure which are "gray hairs" at the moment...other than me.
Hopefully I will have all of this in place and started within the next 2-3 weeks. I even sold my Harley to free up some financial responsibility...if that is not dedication I dont know what is. Lol.