Normalize Discomfort

I’m not the biggest fan of my own voice. To clarify, I’m talking about hearing a recording of my voice being played back to me. I never sound on a recording, the way I think I sound when I’m just talking – which is kind of ridiculous because in both cases, it’s still me doing the talking.

I think it’s because I don’t hear myself on playback all that often that my voice sounds strange to me. Back when I was going to Specs-Howard, I was recording myself on a near daily basis for the better part of a year, and, toward the end, I don’t remember it sounding all that odd.

I got used to it. It had become normal during that time – which was, despite the enormous amount of work, a good time in my life. Recently, I’ve started taking steps back into that territory, and I’m hearing recordings of myself, and I’ll have to get used to it again.

That’s the point of this post. Step out of your comfort zone. Try something new. It’ll be hard and making that effort will be uncomfortable. Every time. Eventually repetition and experience will take the edge off that discomfort. Maybe it’ll remove it completely. Maybe it’ll always be there. Either way, make it a normal part of your experience.

Don’t let the discomfort of discovering something new keep you from taking that plunge. Do it as often as you can. Make it normal.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.


If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

Crimson Whisper: A Wainwright and Holliday Adventure

Weird Wild West


Grease Monkeys

Predators in Petticoats