“Commitment means staying loyal to what you said you would do long after the mood you said it in has left you.”
I really like this quote because it gets to, what I believe, is the heart of martial arts training.
You know when we start something new, whether it is a job or hobby or new relationship; it always starts out great. We’re excited, it’s new and we look forward to it every day. But after a while that newness wears off, boredom sets in and we might even entertain the idea of quitting. But commitment really speaks to the idea of sticking with something especially when the mood we were in when we made the commitment wears off. And this is a LEARNED skill. We don’t automatically come into this world with a strong ability to commit to anything….we have to learn how to do this; and we learn by starting things and then sticking with them until we reach our goals.
One way the dictionary defines commitment is this…”commitment is an attitude of someone who works very hard at something.” I mean, it is easy to be committed when things are new and exciting, but, when things get tough and require a lot of work; that is when we really learn to work on developing commitment as a skill.
So, whether it is with our karate training or our job or school or our relationships; we are going to have times where it gets tough and it becomes more work than fun. But if we work on that commitment skill and stick with it and work through those challenges then, in the end, we will reap the rewards.
Take care and I will see you in class…