It’s easier to outrun something than to catch up to it. You’re faster when you’re in the lead.
Unless you blow your advantage, you’ll tend to stay winning if you start winning. But that means a few things.
It means taking the risks you need to. If you’re losing, take every risk – you might win, but if the risk doesn’t pay off, you’re already losing anyway. If you’re winning, be more careful; you won’t need every risky move, but the cost of failure is high.
It means knowing how to maintain. You can’t win a marathon by sprinting, so if your early lead is due to a burst of energy that you can’t maintain, you need to strategize how to survive in the long term.
It means knowing how to evaluate whether you’re winning or losing. It isn’t always obvious.
Get in the lead and stay there.