A lot of people unfortunately default to relying on stress to motivate themselves.
The problem with that approach is that it dis-empowers you, because you’re still basically letting yourself get pushed around by whatever you fear.
On the flipside, when your approach is “Well, I have to do something I don’t particularly enjoy doing but I know it has to get done and so therefore I’m choosing to do it.”, that is taking control.
Of course control doesn’t always mean you’re going to enjoy it – just that you’ve chosen to do it and you’re getting it done. So you get satisfaction, if not always comfort. And that satisfaction is irreplaceable because it contributes to your personal power.
So every time you decide to do something of your own volition, you’re empowering yourself. Conversely, if you decide to wait till you’re stressed about it and then try to get motivated by stress, well then you’re always working from a position of weakness.
Unless you’re operating from your position of strength, even if you manage to get the thing done you’re still not satisfied about it, you’re just relieved. And that’s a sure sign that you are being motivated by stress: when you achieve your objective, you’re just relieved and not satisfied.
Remember that relief does not represent power; only satisfaction represents the power of “meeting a higher standard.”