Generally, the most difficult thing about training is the life balance. It is very difficult to keep practising regularly when there are so many other things that get in the way: work, family, health etc….even the simple “I can’t be bothered tonight, I’m too tired”. However, if training is important to you and you enjoy it, you should try to make the effort to fit it in. If money is tight, try to find a solution. When I was a student, I got a weekend job to pay for my training. Maybe that was just me, but if you feel passionately enough about something, then you will do everything you can to make it work. However regular you go is not so important…it’s better to be there than not at all. Its better to be late than miss the class. You should not feel ashamed or embarrassed that you are out of practise, shape or not up to scratch. Ego is not important…it’s about doing something that you enjoy that makes you better. A colleague of mine once said “I don’t want to go to the gym because I will be the fattest guy there”. I replied “better to be the fattest guy in the gym than the fattest guy around!”
The hardest thing without a doubt is to walk through the door of the dojo. However, when you do make the effort and get to training it makes it all worthwhile. At the end of the lesson, you feel fantastic: invigorated, worthy and honest. More importantly, you feel better about yourself and better about your life. After all, isn’t that the key to life?…making it better for yourself so you can enjoy it more.
The key to practise is consistency. Firstly, block off Tuesday and Thursdays in your calendar. Regardless what comes up, these are your nights. Only an emergency or special occasion will prevent you for going. Secondly, set the rules. Make sure you and your partner/family/work understands the ground rules. Those nights are for training, other nights can be used to make up the difference or for doing other things. Thirdly, find your motivation gear. This is the most important. Pack your bag the night before and tell yourself you will go, regardless how you feel on the day. When you are tired, cold, sick and quite frankly not in the mood, it is the most difficult. But those are the times you feel even more virtuous after the class.
You don’t have to be Bruce Lee to be good at martial arts, you have to be Iron Man. The person that has the iron heart to get up when they’re down, every day and every week, and walk through the door. Bushin can open the door for you and close it behind you, but only you can walk through it. So go on, what are you waiting for? Walk through!