Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.
But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Words of wisdom from Paul written in 1 Corinthians, end of chapter 9.
Prepare to win and you will win more. Regardless of the outcome, preparing to win is its own fulfillment.