Lately I've been thinking about "looking forward" quite a bit.
Probably under a year ago I started running regularly. First I committed to atleast making time for myself three times a week to run, if not more. Then as my fitness grew it got more and more fun, and probably addictive. I found myself making time for more frequent and longer runs.
Recently I did my first race/run. When I signed up I wasn't really worried about the distance, because I'm used to running much further. However, I figured since it was my first race I should do some reading up. I read a bit about running posture in general, and there was a lot of mention of looking forward into the distance and staying relaxed. Something about this really hit home for me and became a good discipline. My running style has changed, and when I'm running, even when I'm tired, I feel like there's more fight inside me.
Applying this to life, and not just running has been attitude changing.
The morning of my race I was a bit nervous because after the worst first attempt at tapering ever, I was actually quite sore and my knee aching. Before I ran I read this scripture:
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on heights. Psalm 18:32-33
I was filled with confidence knowing that looking forward is about so much more than the physical horizon.