Recently I was in the studio recording the audio version of my forthcoming book TRUST YOURSELF: Stop Overthinking and Channel Your Emotions for Success at Work.
Here are five lessons I learned from the experience that can apply to your life, too.
1. Patience over perfectionism
I tripped over my words at times. I’d get stuck on a sentence and have to reread it over and over. At first, I’d get frustrated with myself. I’d berate myself to “do better.” Not only that, I worried my mistakes annoyed the production team. The result? I’d only choke more! Counterintuitively, when I eased up on myself, everything flowed. I’d make a mistake, then simply correct it and move on. Magic.
2. Don’t apologize for your needs
As a Sensitive Striver, I’ve developed a heightened sense for my needs. I’m conscientious. I anticipate eventualities and come prepared. Audiobook recording is no different. I came stocked with lunch, snacks, tea, a pillow for my back, etc. I felt SO self conscious walking in with my bags, looking like I was camping. What kind of weirdo does that? Me. Ultimately, no one said a word or made fun of me. And I was comfortable for our long recording sessions.
3. Take exquisite care of yourself
To prepare for recording, I cleared my schedule. I stopped drinking caffeine. I gave myself vocal rest and allowed myself to relax. The lesson for you? You are your own best asset. Treat yourself as you would an athlete — to perform at your best, you need adequate recovery.
4. Good things take time
TRUST YOURSELF took over four years to come to fruition. The audiobook alone took hours and hours to record. As well as a team of amazing publishing professionals. No one achieves great things all on their own. And it certainly doesn’t happen overnight.
5. Sometimes you can’t see your own value
My imposter syndrome was fierce leading up to recording. Why did I do this when a professional voiceover artist could do so much better? I’ve also read the book so many times now that I’ve started to doubt it’s any good at all.
But many people who’ve read early copies of the book tell me how valuable it is and how much it’s helped them. I’ve received incredible blurbs from best selling authors who’ve given their endorsement.
I’ve had to keep reminding myself that imposter syndrome is playing tricks on me. Just because I think something, doesn’t make it true. I can’t see the label from inside the jar, so to speak.
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