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. Covey talks of an internal compass that guides every action, and this exercise, when done properly, can take you to your deepest values and the very core of your internal compass and what is most important to you. By keeping that end clearly in mind, you can make certain that each day of your life contributes in a meaningful way to the vision you have of your life as a whole.