I've been reading a book called The Zen Way to the Martial Arts by Taisen Deshimaru, a zen master, for the third time in a row slowly picking my way through it and disecting it like my good old English professors taught me, and I've come across this concept that I wanted to share.
Yes you guessed it, it is the same as the title.
Mushotoku or as the author defines it without desire for gain or profit.
I just find this idea very motivating to me. I think I like it because to me it reminds me that there is no goal, or rather there is no end, there is just practice. If I have to fight and I win, I practice. If I fight and lose, I practice. If my form is perfect, I practice. If my form is terrible, I practice. If I feel good, I practice. If I feel bad, I practice.
I like this idea of practice as a constant, because I feel that the idea of a goal creates a treadmill, like Sisyphus in Hades rolling his boulder. I believe that if you embrace practice as being a constant that it's no longer a treadmill, but a pleasant journey admiring the scenery, the rolling hills, the vistas and cloud gazing. I think you get the picture.
Interestingly enough Taisen Deshimaru believed that you could only practice the Do through the martial arts if you thought of them as a matter of life and death and not as a sport or duel.
Anyway, I hope this helps somebody out. It helps me out, but everybody is different.