Fear is quiet the motivator; unfortunately it motivates us in the wrong way.
Even as I write this, I'm thinking, "No one is interested in what you have to say. You're stupid for even thinking that what you say is worthwhile." That makes me want to hide in a corner and forget I ever tried this thing.
Yeah, fear is a powerful motivator.
Fear is a big part of testing. When you first start out... no, throughout the entire journey... you're always doubting yourself, saying, "Ugh, I'm just wasting my time" and "my manager is going to be so pissed I spent two weeks trying to learn Mocha and failing."
So we procrastinate on testing. We push it off for a better day; a day when we're "real" programmers. But that day never really arrives, does it? It lives in our imagination where it's comfortable, not having to risk being exposed to daylight. We say to ourselves, "well, at least I'm thinking about testing!"
(By the way, you know what I'm thinking? "Ugh, people are going to think this is so dumb and a waste of their time." Sigh.)
But sometimes you have to rip the band-aid off. Whether that means your first attempt at setting up unit tests, or your fifth try at accessibility, you just have to do it.
Because if someone gets mad at your for trying, that's their problem, not yours.
So, what are you going to try this week? Your first attempt at user experience research? Taking down stats on website performance? I'd love to hear what you're up to, even if it's just to say "I failed, lawls"