Write it down, create a vision board, put it on and stick it on the post-it board or fridge. These are just a few things to do to keep your goals at the top of your mind. Well, that is what has been suggested by coaches like myself, friends, professionals and countless others. If you’re ready to embrace the world of goal setting for yourself or your business, challenges to reaching these goals may arise when you start setting too many goals. Here are four ways to help you on your journey of selecting which goals to achieve first.

1. Decide what your biggest goal is. Take some time to reflect and begin writing down who you are and describe what matters to you. Make a list of your top ten most important values. After you complete this task, think about what you want more than anything in the world, and write that down.

You don’t have to write a book. Keep it short & sweet. Once you have clarity on your vision, you will be able to obtain your goals sooner and determine the ones that matter.

2. How much will this goal cost you? Time is your most valuable asset. You will want to spend it wisely and not waste time on things that don’t really matter. Another thing to consider is your budget and to plan accordingly. You may face challenges and constraints, but you have to be realistic. Don’t spend money that you don’t have. Saving up or working a side-hustle along with your 9-5 can help in reaching your goals faster.

Money is not the only factor; time and physical abilities are also important to consider…which brings us to our next point:

3. Your health matters. Not only your physical health, but your mental health is key to completing your goals. Make sure you are taking time out for yourself with a little self-care. Don’t miss those doctors’ appointments and spend some time doing some of your favorite hobbies or just spending time with your family.

4. Surround yourself with like-minded people and have an accountability partner.  Goal-driven people can be a positive influence and give you the motivation to achieve your goals.

If you’re in a situation where other people are dependent on you. You may need to set aside some of your personal goals in favor of meeting their needs.