Perception is often worse than reality

I want you to think about a time when you stood before a task and you knew it was going to suck. You knew that the thing you were about to do was going to put you into a state of physical or mental pain. You knew it was going to hurt badly and you truly in your heart did not want to go through it.

An easy example of this is to think of a time when you were standing on the edge of a pool and you knew that the water you were about to enter was cold. The idea of cold water plays with everyone mentally. We all stand there on the edge of that pool and think about all of the negative things that are about to happen when cold water touches skin.

What we don’t spend time thinking about is that after 2 minutes, you’re going to adjust to temperature of the water and it will become an enjoyable experience. Too often our focus is on all the negative things, instead of worrying about all how bad it’s going to be at the beginning. Think about how great it’s going to be after you endure the initial suck.

Because let’s be honest, if you can’t endure 2 minutes of pain, you don’t deserve the feeling of enjoyment.

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