Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality. Bruce Lee
How can you be defeated if the game is not over yet? Until you throw in the towel and declare defeat, the game is still being played. Consider a football game. It is played in four quarters. I have seen teams that have played awful during the first half of the game and were behind by more than five touchdowns by halftime, but that did not mean they were defeated because the game was not over. I have also seen a lot of those teams come back and win the game in the fourth quarter because they refused to give up and declare defeat.
This same principle applies to your goal of living a life of purpose and inner peace. You may have had some rough times, and you may have even felt defeated along the way, but the game is not over yet. As long as you are still working toward living your purpose in life, there is still time on the clock. The game is not over until you decide it is over, and you are not defeated, no matter what has happened in the past until you declare defeat. So don’t quit! Just keep playing the game and doing your best each and every day.