As an entrepreneur you not only need to define your business, you also need to define your ideal life. Many entrepreneurs are so busy running their businesses that they never allow themselves time to define what they want most out of their personal lives.

Every entrepreneur deserves to have a fulfilled, meaningful life. It is essential for entrepreneurs to define their ideal future, to position themselves to do what they truly enjoy. Moreover, the business you choose to build and your position within it, must support and be a part of the ideal life you deeply desire.

If you want a fulfilled life with a destiny fulfilled and fulfilled dreams, you need to determine what is important to you. For most entrepreneurs a meaningful life is about much more than just owning a business and making money. You also likely want to pursue your passions, spend time with the people you love, and give back to causes that you find to be important and meaningful.

Before you can live your ideal life you need to define it. Imagine yourself three years from now. Imagine that you are enjoying exactly the type of life that you want.

  • Where are you living?
  • What is your home like?
  • What kind of car do you have?
  • Why have you chosen the lifestyle that you have?
  • What do you do on a typical day?
  • Who is special in your life and why are they important to you?

What brings you fulfillment? What activities do you enjoy? Who do you like sharing these activities with with? What are your friends like? What is your romantic partner like? What characteristics are attractive about him or her? What kinds of vacations do you take? What causes do you find fulfillment supporting? How do you give back to your community and to the world?

The truth is that you want a meaningful life. We all do. This is part of what it means to be human. It is our nature to seek meaning and purpose in what we do and how we live. Success isn’t just financial. Success also means fulfilling your personal destiny and realizing your personal dreams, whether you dream of establishing your own non-profit or aspire to backpack through Patagonia.

Ultimately, defining your ideal life is very important. You can’t go after something unless you know exactly what you are going after. You need to define your idea life so that you can construct it. Think of the vision you have just constructed as a kind of blueprint. With your blueprint in hand, what you build will match what you imagined. And always remember that it is important to live consciously, to make choices that are authentic and right for you.