What type of person do you see in your mind’s eye when you picture your most idealized version of yourself? Who is the ultimate you? What do they look like? How do they talk? How do they interact with other people, and what do other people think of them? What kind of clothes do they wear, where do they live, what activities do they engage in on a regular basis? What are their closest relationships like, and exactly whom are they involved with – romantically, professionally, etc.

Your answers to these questions will form the basis of your personal vision, “the ultimate you” which will become the target at which all of your personal goals will be aimed. We’ll also be building your ideal business around your personal vision, to ensure that your business supports and moves you closer toward the ultimate you, instead of interfering or throwing you completely off course. When your business supports your personal vision, attaining success both personally and professionally is almost guaranteed.

Who do you want to be in the world?

What are the key traits you want people to associate with you? For example, do you want to be known as the “one-step marketing solutions” expert? Or, you might be known for “10-minute fitness results” or ‘”compassion-based coaching.” Brainstorm different possibilities based on the type of people you want to appeal to and your own strengths.

What kind of impact do you want to have on the world? How do you want to be remembered when you’re gone – not just by those closest to you, but by the general public, by your customers and clients, by your employees, your vendors, your business associates, and even your competitors?

We’re talking about you personally here, not the business (we’ll talk about your vision for the business later).

Do you want to be known as a kind, caring, generous person? A lover of people? A humanitarian?

Or maybe an animal lover, someone who always looked out for the best interests of our animal brethren?

Do you want to be remembered as a great business leader, an enigmatic artist, an unparalleled academic, a brilliant philosopher?

What type of life do you want for yourself? For those around you?

When it comes to creating your ideal life vision, there are endless possibilities to choose from. We’re all looking to make something great of ourselves, but we all have different definitions of greatness. We all have different ideas of what constitutes a successful and fulfilling life. And we all have different interpersonal relationships, commitments and responsibilities that can help or hinder our ability to achieve the greatness we envision for ourselves.

Setting aside your current limitations (whether real or perceived), what type of life do you want to live on a daily basis? How many hours do you want to work, assuming you’re doing the work you’re passionate about? What do you want your relationships to be like, with the people who are currently in your life? Who would you keep around and who would you get rid of? Who would you bring into your life, and in what capacity? What would you do from the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you go to bed at night?

Where would you live, what would you eat, what kind of car would you drive, where would you go on vacation and how often?

And what is your ideal life vision for the people closest to you – your spouse, children, parents, siblings, closest friends? How would “the ultimate you” enrich their lives? Many people find that they have problems “asking the universe” for things to enrich their own lives, but have no problem at all coming up with a laundry list of things that they would do for the people they love, were they in a position to do so. Sometimes it helps to start by thinking about what you would like to do for the people closest to you, then step back from that and look at who you would need to be in order to provide that level of support to the people you love.

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