As often as you can, try to think about your own epitaph. Think about what people would say about you at your own funeral and what it would say in the obituary section in the newspaper. This should sober you up real quick and get you back on purpose.
What do you want your life to be about? I remember reading something that a writer said a while ago which has stuck with me ever since, she said “I realized that I didn’t want my epitaph to be… In her life, she ate a lot of junk food and watched a lot of bad television!” That should scare the crap out of anybody. It should make you think about how you spend your most precious commodity, TIME! We should think about not only what we do and how we do it, but also who we spend our time with.
Another great thing to think about is the ending to my all-time movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Jimmy Stewart opens the book that his guardian angel gave him and it said simply, “No man is a failure who has friends”. That sums it all up. Thanks for wings, Clarence.