We like to think that things are a lot worse than what they actually are before we take them on. Sometimes we are an accurate judge of the difficulty of an upcoming task but other times we are completely wrong and we generally tend to figure that out when we go to actually take on what we’ve been dreading for however long.
Since we know that this happens we can encourage ourselves to get those things started earlier when we identify that inner voice telling us how much we don’t want to do something or imagining how hard or exhausting that thing will be for us. By getting on the horse before we think it up to be something intolerable we can mitigate a lot of the suffering that comes from climbing that ladder of dread. In almost every case you’ll find yourself in a better mood and ready to take on more.