A few years ago, I stumbled upon this article as I was sitting at my desk at work one day. The writer explains how the Internet server at his work would make employees change their passwords every 30 days for security purposes. He was in the middle of a bad depression due to his recent divorce, and decided to channel his frustration with his personal life into this silly computer password. His new password became “Forgive@h3r”, and while it didn’t seem like a big gesture, this simple action set a tone for completely changing his life. After typing this password, which to him read Forgive Her, several times each day when his computer would lock up he started to realize that he changed the way he viewed his ex-wife. His mood improved drastically, and his life started to take a turn for the better, all due to one password. I’ll let you read the rest of the article to find out what happens next, but the point is that one small daily affirmation, like making your computer password a phrase or keyword that describes your goals, can instigate a huge change. After all, what else in your life prompts you to write (and think in your head) a phrase multiple times a day?
After reading this article several years ago, I adapted this new password practice. The amazing thing is that, when you change your password to a phrase you’re not used to typing, it really makes you think about the new words. Each time I change my password to whatever mantra or goal I’m focusing on at that time, I have to pause for a minute to type the unfamiliar letters, which therefore makes me think about what I’m typing. It serves as an incredible built-in reminder. If we have to type our computer passwords several times a day, every day of the week, every week of the year, then why not make it something motivational?
I truly believe that changing my password has inspired positivity in my life, and served as a daily reminder for focusing on my goals. While I consider my past passwords private and even a bit sacred, since they’ve worked so well for me, I won’t be sharing them today. But I will be sharing a few phrases below that can help you start thinking about your new life-changing password. I can’t encourage this simple daily practice enough!
- Think positively
- Kill them with kindness
- Quit smoking/caffeine/drinking/swearing
- Think it through
- Do my best
- You’ve got this
- Stronger every day
- Strive toward happiness
- I am perfect how I am
…You get the picture. Really, what you choose as your affirmation password is entirely up to you. I encourage you to think about a big-picture goal or mantra you’d like to focus on the next six months, and create your password around that.
What goals do you have for the New Year?
And, have you ever tried an affirmation password? If so, did it work for you?
If you do give it a try, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!