There are more than enough personal development books that talk about the power of affirmations. I am not here to argue the validity or the science behind affirmations. What I will say is that from my own personal experience, when you repeat a set of instructions or clear statements in the present tense to yourself over and over again, you eventually start to believe them.
As this happens, you start getting the motivation that moves you into action, and continuous acction leads to manifestation of the results you want in your life.
Now, this works beautifully if you are consistent and if your affirmations are aligned with your goals. Going a bit futher, there seems to be an enhanced power in affirmations when they are set in your own voice. I’ve had good results with both, but must admit there’s a bit of a learning curve to make your own digital affirmations.
Having said that, if you’re willing to give it a try and are not afraid of technology, here’s a relatively quick process you can follow to create your own digital affirmations that you can use in your own brainwashing process.
- Write out a description of your ideal outcomes in all the various areas of your life. These can include health, relationships, financial, business, etc. Take your time with this. It is obviously the most important part of the process. I suggest a list of around 20 to 25 affirmations that are unique to you. If nothing comes to mind, you may want to try these affirmations as a starting point.
- Get a device with a built-in microphone or attach one to your computer, such as a headset with a mic. These external ones will have better quality than built-in microphones but if you are just giving this a try for the first time, the built-in option will work. Then, if you like the results, you can always invest in a good headset or mic at a later time. I don’t recommend using your phone unless you know how to transfer your recording to your computer.
- Choose soothing music for the background, a theme or melody that positively stimulates your emotions is perfect. I like to use a software called Audacity, an audio software for multi-track recording and editing. Audacity has been around for a long time, it’s reliable and free to use, plus it offers versions for any operating system. I suggest you search YouTube with “Audacity for Beginners” to get to learn how to use this software. It’s relatively easy, but if you are a visual learner like most of us, this can facilitate the learning curve.
- Press the record button and run a test. Make sure the volume is appropriate. Hear how your voice sounds. Then, proceed to record your voice reading your statements with as much feeling and belief as possible. Don’t be too shy or critic on your first try. I know it can feel a bit odd on the first try. Just be authentic. Make sure you allow a few seconds between one affirmation and the next. Keep on practicing until you get good at it and comfortable with the way your affirmations sound. Once you finish, press stop and save your recording with a file name you’ll remember instead of the non-sense string of characters that the software adds.
- The next step is to add the music, and although a bit tricky, it’s not difficult once you learn how. Open a new window on Audacity and load your track. Make a note of its length. Audacity will let you know up to the last second. Then go to your voice track and copy and paste the track as many times as needed to cover the whole length of your voice track. You may want to leave a few seconds before and after to pad in and out the whole recording length.
- Save your file once you are happy with how it sounds. Export it as an mp3 file or burn it on a CD, and listen to it on low volumes as you work, exercise, sleep or during any activity where you feel it works for you, even as you clean the house or load the dishwasher!
Are you still here? Feeling overwhelmed? Believe me, it’s way easier to do it than to describe how to do it. Take it as a fun project and give it a try. There are always good folks on YouTube that have recorded how-to videos and can answer your questions if you get stuck with Audacity.
For the analytic people out there, you cannot measure the benefit of this exercise directly but I will say from personal experience that it has been a technique I have used to help achieve a number of my most difficult long-term goals.
And if this sounds as something you rather pass, remember that there are great pre-recorded options in the market. Mindzoom is one of my favorites. I’ve use these and they work as well. The MOST important thing is persistente, patience and determination. Once you commit to using digital affirmations you will definitely get results!