There is a story called “Lord Zhao Learns How to Ride a Horse-Drawn Carriage” in the book Han Feizi, which reflects an ancient Chinese thought.
During the Warring States Period, Lord Zhao Xiang learned how to race a horse-drawn carriage from Wang Liang. He then competed with Wang. Although he changed his horses three times, he lost all three races. Confused, he asked Wang why he had lost.
Wang told Zhao:
“I have taught you all the skills of riding horse carriages, but you did not use them correctly. When driving a carriage, the horses must focus on the carriage, and the person must focus on the horses. Only if you can do this will you be able to ride fast and far.
“When you were behind, you thought about catching up to me, when you were ahead, you worried about me passing you. In carriage racing, one is either ahead or behind. However, you were constantly worried about your opponent. How could you have any room in your mind left to manage and control your horses? This is why you lost.”
This ancient Chinese thought relates that no matter what people do, they need to remain attentive and focused throughout the entire process. Only then will they be able to successfully reach the goal.