If you have been doing martial arts for more than 2 weeks you have probably heard all of the excuses already. Some are valid. Some are. . . .well. . . . . . . . . . no comment.
Then there is THE person. They understand. They truly get it.
S/he has family, works, does other activities and yet never miss a class. I mean never. They realize the concept of “finite time” as it relates to martial arts and life. As such, they train at each and every opportunity.
Not enough money? They cancel their iPhone or cut back on eating out.
Not enough time? When you sleep an hour less or watch an hour less of TV, you gain 60 minutes to do what you wish. Like train.
Family commitments? When you are always there for your family, it is my experience that they are remarkably flexible when you want to do something. Perhaps going to the bar or the night out with the guys every week. . .or more. . . is not what they had in mind. Prioritize and all typically works out very well.
Train with a commitment OR with a Rolodex of stand-by excuses. The choice is yours.
For those who understand commitment, they not only train by a Code, they live by one. It typically reads:
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment.
When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit.
When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”
For some, this sounds very, very familiar. It is their 8th layers of skin. Their Tao. There is no other way.
For others, they have an excuse as to why they cannot, yet again.
Which are you living by?