When faced with a daunting task, ask yourself:
* What can I focus on to make this less stressful?
* How can I engage more with this?
* Is there a way to "sweeten the pill"?
* Can I enjoy the progress I'm making?
Such approaches can be very effective. With practice, anyone can become "tunnel-visioned" enough to focus on the positives. Action becomes easier because you enjoy it more and ultimately, consistent action translates into steady progress.
It's not all rainbows
Of course some tasks are impossible to love – e.g. doing home work or filing tax returns. However, even here you can soften the blow. Music often helps, as does acknowledging and enjoying the progress you're making. As with all things, practice is key.
So, next time you have something daunting to undertake -- relax, focus on the moment and give it a go. You have nothing to lose.
It you feel your thoughts often makes you feel helpless, get help and don't let is swirl out of control.