From Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship, by Masayuki Shimabukuro:
The first step in your journey is to make up your mind. You must decide to make your training a high priority in your life, not just something you do for entertainment or a diversion whenever you lack something more interesting to do.
Martial arts practice, especially in a serious art like iaijutsu, is a lifestyle, not just an extracurricular activity. As you progress, the discipline and dedication of your training will set you apart. You will begin to approach all of life with a martial artist’s outlook. Over time, your entire attitude and personality will evolve. But this kind of fundamental improvement of your character cannot occur without a strong determination to train, even when you don’t feel like it— especially when you don’t feel like it.
H/T to Art of the Rifle for the quote. He joins the blogroll and if you’re not already reading him, you need to go spend the rest of your evening catching up. He’s approaching his rifle shooting as a budo, a martial way, and he’s already got me thinking about how I practice.