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?
*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.