It takes just a split second.
As my favourite poem says:
'In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse'.
The question isn't 'what do you feel like doing right now'?'.
Well, not usually, the question is, 'what do you want to feel like? what is the outcome, the result you want?'
I fell out of my daily yoga habit that made me feel so great, strong and good.
There was a mini heatwave (but hey 35 degrees in a small Notting Hill flat is too hot for yoga).
So that was a few days ... and I wasn't feeling it.
But I missed the outcome for sure .. but somehow, seemingly not enough to get back in the habit.
Why is that?
That the things that make us feel great, that we KNOW beyond a shadow of a doubt are GOOD ... we still resist.
And then I jumped and fell and was shaken up and covered in bruises and couldn't even THINK of a downward dog without wincing.
But that was ten days ago and it's been totally nagging at me that I haven't got back to my daily practice.
The last few days, honestly, I've been pretending that I'll just do a short practice - that 7-minute one - but guess what?
I didn't even do that.
Today ... I got sick of myself and my excuses for not doing what makes me feel great.
And I did it fast!
I decided I wanted the outcome.
I wanted to feel how good I feel after half an hour of yoga.
Mat out. Did it.
And yep, feel great.
It's always about the outcome, the result, the desired feeling.
Never about what you feel like in that moment.
Sometimes the two are the same.
Sometimes they're not.
But it's that easy (and that hard, I know).
Practice, remembering how good it feels to make that decision - makes it easier, makes that choosing-the-outcome-muscle easier to exercise.
What's the outcome you want?
Choose THAT action to take.