Develop a vision to live a life with purpose.
The key point of “begin with the end in mind” is to begin today with the image of the end of your life as your frame of reference for everything that you do on a daily basis. Each part of your life—today, tomorrow, next week, next month—are lived according to what really matters to you.
Those who have no central purpose in life will fall prey to petty worries which lead to failure, unhappiness, and loss. Find your purpose and set out to accomplish it, and make this purpose the centralizing point of your thoughts. Make your purpose your duty and devote yourself to it - not allowing your thoughts to wonder. Even if you fail again and again in your purpose, you will gain strength of character and this will be the measure of your success. Once you begin to think with purpose you will recognize failure as a pathway to success; you will make all conditions serve you and think strong, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully. Once you know your purpose, start to plan a path to its achievement and let go of doubts and fears as they break up the straight line of effort.
Define your life’s purpose - some suggestions are as follows:
Explore what you love to do.
What energizes you?
What are you passionate about?
What comes easily to you?
What brings you happiness?
What (if anything) are you struggling with?
One way to think of this is to know that living your purpose will require hard work, however, you will enjoy this work, in fact, you will even love it! And it will energize you rather than drain you.
Come back daily and re-visit this purpose and start to align all of your activities and goals around it. Ask yourself the following question daily:
Is what I am doing right now taking me closer to my passion and purpose, or further away? And adjust accordingly.