Run the Race "to win"

Paul the apostle said "run the race to win". What does this mean? Keep your eye on the the eternal reward. There will be great rewards in heaven if we run well and finish the race.Keep your eye on the big prize. Live to hear Jesus say, "well done - I've been waiting for you!" I long to hear those words. They encourage me to persevere and keep my eyes on Jesus. 1 Cor. 9:24-25.