Remember when you were a little kid and you got invited to someone’s party and you didn’t want to go because you were scared to go or you thought you wouldn’t have any fun? And then your mom or dad made you go, and once you got there you had so much fun that you didn’t want to leave? And how many times over the years have you had that experience? Aren’t you always surprised when you do something you’ve been putting off that you actually feel great once you finally do it?

Often it’s the things we don’t want to do that’re the ones that get us where we want to be—calling those prospects, fixing a problem for an upset customer, getting up at 5:30am and going to the gym before work, or setting one day aside on the weekend for nothing other than rest and family time.

Here’s a tip: when you make out your “To Do” list for the day, and you prioritize it, put the tasks that you want to do the LEAST at the top of your list, and do them first. Two things will happen—you’ll get it out of the way so you won’t have to think about it all day, and your energy level will actually increase because you’re on the downhill slope for the rest of the day.

So—go ahead. Do the things you don’t want to do—but know you need to do—as soon as possible. And help yourself get you what you really want.

Authored by Speaker With Spark Jeff Peden, The Great Ideas Guy and author of Take It to the Max.