Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
In high school, I was a runner. I ran cross-country and track. One thing you learn early in running races is you don't worry about the person behind or next to you. You keep your eyes on what is ahead; you focus on that finish line.
As a distance runner, you also learn that you have to pace yourself so you have the energy to finish the race; you must run with patience. You also don't run with heavy clothes or heavy shoes; you "lay aside every weight."
Running is a great analogy of how we are to live life. Don't focus on past sins or problems. Don't worry about what the world (those around you) are doing. Pace yourself and focus on Christ.