Do you sometimes avoid things – figuring that you won’t be able to handle the stress? Perhaps its time to reconsider that strategy, given that we have a capacity for great adaptation. Pick something you’ve been putting off, and begin to take action toward it. Write down your prediction of how you’ll feel, and how intensely you’ll feel it. Later – check your prediction.
After good or bad events, people forget how they thought they’d feel: “People aren’t very accurate at predicting how good or bad they’ll feel after an event — such as watching their team lose the big game or getting a flat-screen TV. But afterwards, they ‘misremember’ what they predicted, revising their prognostications after the fact to match how they actually feel, according to new research.”