We need to develop the capacity to do things without feeling like we want to do them. It’s really very simple to talk about, but it’s very hard to actually develop that capacity. I see it as a skill.
The ability to take action when we don’t feel like it, is the taking action side of that principle. And the ability to NOT take action when we DO feel like it, is the other side of that coin . . . which comes in handy when we’re trying to not eat sweets, or we feel so angry that we’d like to wring someone’s neck, but we don’t act on those feelings and thoughts.
So we have restraint and we have taking action, and they’re both coming from that same principle.