C is for Commitment

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During April, I’m writing 26 posts for the A to Z Blog Challenge. I’m combining my skills as a writer, a life coach, and a martial artist (2nd degree black belt in ITF Taekwondo) to create a series of posts about applying aspects of TKD to life outside of martial arts. Whenever possible, I’ll include a little Taekwondoodle to illustrate what I’m talking about. I’m still learning how to draw these kind of figures but this is good practice.

This might be the most straightforward connection between TKD and the rest of the world: You have to commit in order to get results.

Some students think that by showing up at class twice a week, they can easily learn everything they need to know and earn their belts. Actually, showing up at class is just the beginning – those few hours a week get you started but you will require a lot more practice outside of class to be proficient.

I’ve seen some people get really annoyed about that. They view practicing at home as ‘extra’ stuff that they didn’t sign on for.*

I see that as a lack of commitment.

If you want to be a martial artist, you have to commit to learning in class and to practicing at home.

It’s the same with almost any area of your life.

Improvement requires a commitment to do the work. If I don’t practice – writing, art, TKD, whatever – I’m not going to be good at it and I won’t get any better.

Change requires commitment. If you don’t focus on trying, you won’t be able to make the changes you want to make.

I’m not saying ‘Go big or go home.’

I’m not saying ‘You need to make this your LIFE.’

I’m not even saying that you need to be 100% committed (anything more than 50% is good).

What I am saying is:

If you decide that you want something, first you make a commitment to yourself THEN you in put the work to meet that commitment.

I know that you can learn commitment like this outside of TKD but, for me, that’s when it became most clear. When I am struggling with a new move or concept, I commit to working regularly on that thing and I get better – the results are visible.

If I didn’t COMMIT to learning it and I didn’t do the work, then I would have no right to complain about the results. I would be getting exactly what I worked for.

What sorts of things have you committed to?

How do you demonstrate that commitment?

A black ink drawing on white paper of a woman in a white martial arts uniform with a black belt. She is facing to the right with her left arm extended in front of her at shoulder height, her palm is facing the camera. Her right arm is in a sling.

This a representation of my practice at the moment. My right wrist is broken and in a brace so when I go to class, I put it in a sling so I don’t move it too much. I’m learning my newest patterns this way because I don’t want to miss any training time. I am committed to learning these patterns in time to text for my 3rd degree black belt in June.


*Please note: I some people live with a lot of time crunches and they can’t squeeze in much practice, this isn’t about them.


3 thoughts on “C is for Commitment

  1. Colleen

    Very much like if you didn’t vote, you cannot complain. BTW I love your writing style. Clean and straight to the point. No BS.

  2. ~Lee~

    TKD with a broken wrist is commitment!
    On the Lazy Genius blog/podcast she has a recent (April 2018) post about “routines” and she says something to the effect of “don’t think about what we want to do, rather think about who we want to be” when creating new routine. Commitment goes along with that idea!
    Right now I’ve committed to the A to Z Challenge on Dragon’s Eye View! I’m 3/26 so far! 🙂

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