I love visuals. Here is one for you that particularly works for me:
The beginning of the novel:
You are shooting a bow and arrow. You want to shoot the target. The target is what you want.
The middle of the novel:
You aim. You shoot.
The arrow might fall along the way. You might have to reshoot.
The end of the novel:
The arrow hits the target. Or not. If it doesn't, it affects you. If it does hit it, it also affects you.
Thoughts? Does this work for you?