This 8 part series is from Hunter's Shodan essay. I've gotten his permission to publish each paragraph as a blog post. Look for 1 every day to get a feel for his journey. Hunter is a senior at CU working towards his degree in Advertising. He has been studying To-Shin Do for 4 years.
I think of commitment as the ability to, do the thing I said I would do, long after the mood I said it in is over. Commitment has enabled me to take the promise to keep training until black belt seriously, not just on the day I made that promise, but every time I come to class. I kept my goal alive by staying committed to achieving it and in return it has given me little boosts of energy, determination and enthusiasm when I needed them most. Commitment is about more than just showing up to class, it is about getting as much as I can out of the experience, every time I am in the dojo.