Last year I decided to write down some affirmations to read aloud to myself every day. This year I wanted to try recording my affirmations and listening to them instead.
Here’s how you can do the same.
Why I Decided To Record My Affirmations
I’m not a psychologist, but I am a reader, and in many of the personal development books I’ve read affirmations are hailed as a way to recreate the stories we tell about ourselves.
If you want to get a promotion at work, but you struggle in social situations and have a fear that nobody likes you, then you can start to change that fear with an affirmations like:
- “I am confident around my coworkers”
- “I like talking with my coworkers and they like talking with me”
- “I show my superiors each and every day that I am capable of ____”
- “People like me”
I’m not new to affirmations (but I am new to recording them), and I’ve seen first hand, how saying specific affirmations out loud at least once per day can start to change my behavior.
I always have an affirmation in my list that sounds something like this:
“I will create $3,000 per month in cash flow this year by purchasing an investment property and growing my blog”
When I say it or hear it, not only do I believe myself in that moment, but my mind starts to search for ways to make it happen. My behavior changes and I start to find ways to make this affirmation a reality.
As for why I’ve decided to try recording my affirmations, it comes down to two things:
- It can be hard for me to always find the privacy to speak my affirmations out loud
- I want to experiment and see if I like it
I don’t like saying my affirmations in front of others, so having an option to hear those statements without forcing others to listen to me is attractive. And who knows? Maybe listening to my own voice every day will have a more profound effect on my behavior. I’ll never know until I try it.
Record Affirmations On Android
I have an Android phone, and I couldn’t find any default apps that allowed me to record my affirmations.
I ended up downloading the “Samsung Voice Recorder” app.
When I downloaded the app, and opened it, the first thing I saw was a red circle.
I just tapped the red button and started saying my affirmations out loud. When I finished, I clicked the stop button and had a recording of my affirmations.
Now when I want to listen to them I just open the app and click on the word “List” to see a list of my recordings. Then I tap on the one that has my recorded affirmations.
Record Affirmations On iPhone
I don’t have an iPhone, so I couldn’t actually try this on my own. I had to do what anyone else would do and take to YouTube.
As far as I could tell, this was the best video on recording from your phone.
In the video, he uses the Voice Memos app.
When you open the app, to start recording you just need to press the red circle to start recording. While the phone is recording your voice you should see a time indicator and a sound wave showing what was recorded.
When you’re ready to stop your recording, just press the red button again.
Once your recording is completed it will be listed on the home screen and you can listen to it play back.
Without a phone
Using your phone is super convenient for most people, but there are other ways to record your affirmations and listen to them.
There are devices specifically for recording voices and playing them back.
EVISTR Digital Voice Recorder
This is a big tangent, but I often think of myself as a DIY landlord. When something breaks or goes wrong at one of our investment properties I usually go and try to fix it myself. I’ve learned something, quite painfully.
It’s very painful if I don’t have the right tool for the job.
Have you ever tried tightening a screw without a screwdriver? You can do it. I’ve used butter knives to do it, but once you get the screwdriver you realize how terrible the butter knife was. And when you get an impact driver you realize how terrible the screwdriver was.
It may not be as convenient as a phone, but it only does one thing and it does it very well.
Affirmations are a powerful tool for anyone who wants to create a better mindset for themselves. I’ve been using them for a couple years now and the difference in my own motivation, perseverance and confidence has be significant.
I’ve found that saying my affirmations out loud can sometimes be awkward, so I decided to record my affirmations and listen to them privately each day.
I used my phone and it’s very easy, but if that doesn’t work there are tools specifically for recording spoken voice.
Best of luck in creating in creating a new and improved mindset, and as always…