Goal-Setting with One of America's Premiere Investors (yea..this is a little left-field for me)

I admire individuals who can go 'cross-platform' and write a book in/about their profession that I can also relate to - in my profession. Ray Dalio wrote such a book. In his book, Life Principles, He discusses his life, but he really (and clearly) defines how following certain principles allowed him to achieve success. 

His book resonated with me for two reasons:

1. He's made his money, but the money it the least of what he defines as success. But since he's made the money, he uses it as a way to show people what matters the most (and hint: it's not the money).

2.  He's principle driven, and his life indicates it. 

Here's an excerpt below from my kindle copy. The particular excerpt has to do with goal-setting.  For me, it was unlike any text on goal-setting that I have ever read. I hope it will be helpful for you as you usher in the new year:

It seems to me that the personal evolutionary process—the looping I described in the last chapter—takes place in five distinct steps. If you can do those five things well, you will almost certainly be successful. Here they are in a nutshell:
1. Have clear goals.
2. Identify and don’t tolerate the problems that stand in the way of your achieving those goals. 3. Accurately diagnose the problems to get at their root causes.
4. Design plans that will get you around them. 5. Do what’s necessary to push these designs through to results.

Together, these five steps make up a loop, like the one on the facing page. Let’s look at this process more granularly. First, you have to pick what you are going after—your goals. Your choice of goals will determine your direction. As you move toward them, you will encounter problems.
— Dalio, Ray. Principles: Life and Work (pp. 169-170). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.