Make Your Martial Arts Training A Priority
The first thing you have to do is make your martial arts training a priority. Hopefully, you have goals and objectives that drive you. Maybe you want to earn your next rank, be a black belt next year, or win a medal at the next competition. Something needs to be a motivator for you, and then you can work from there.
What is the number one thing preventing you from practicing or making it to class? Is it your job? If so, get your work done at work. Try arriving 15 minutes early to get settled in and stay away from distractions like social media when you are working. You will get more done, and probably get a raise!
What about family responsibilities? Be sure that your family knows how much your martial arts training means to you, and that you want to find ways to make it to class more often. Make alternative arrangements for things like picking up the kids, or helping with homework on the night or two that you attend class. If it is important to you, your family members should be willing to help you out. In return, you should offer to help them as well.
Are you the problem? For most people, they say that the above reasons are why they are missing classes and/or not training enough, but for many people the problem is looking back at them in the mirror. Let’s face it many of us do not manage our time well. Our use of technology is usually the biggest culprit. Rather than saving us time, our devices are often sucking time from us in a collection of seemingly innocuous moments. Social media, while initially a great way to stay connected, has become an unhealthy obsession for many. Control your impulses. I recommend a limit of one hour a day to deal with all of your social media accounts. Use a timer and stick to it.