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.
From Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordsmanship, by Masayuki Shimabukuro: