Have you tried using a motivational password before?
Every 30 days or so my computer at work prompts me to change my password. It always seems to come on a morning when I’m running late and I never feel prepared to commit myself to a brand new 8 digit word filled with uppercases, lowercases, symbols, and numbers. This is why I’ve kept the same meaningless word that was assigned to me at the start and simply switch the number up by one digit every month. Every month until last week that is. There’s a website that’s been shared around the internet lately about how a password changed someone’s life. Ever since reading that I’ve been waiting patiently for the morning to come when my computer forces me to enter a new password. A password that I will have to enter and re-enter anywhere from 20-40 times a day for the next month.
I mean, not that I really believe a password will change my life, but I’m a sucker for a good motivational technique. I started thinking about something I would want to hear repeatedly throughout the day for the next month and nothing came to mind. All I could think of was the word motivation, and that just won’t work. I decided I should pick something that I want to get done, something from my to-do list that I need a little extra help completing. Eliminating refined sugars from my life is something I’ve been attempting for the last little while, so I entered a sugar-free password to see if this motivational theory really worked.
I kid you not, it’s only been a week, but my sugarless password is helping! The constant reminder acts as a subliminal message that goes straight to my brain every time I use my computer. The fact that I am forced to type it out makes it more powerful than simply reading it. I say the words in my mind as I type them, and after telling myself the same thing 40 times in an 8 hour period, I’m bound to start believing it, right? It makes sense. I wish I started doing this earlier, it’s so simple and effective. If you don’t already use a motivational password, give it a try! I think you’ll like it. Even if you don’t have a password for work, try changing the password to your laptop or email.
What do you think? Have you used motivational passwords before? Do they work for you? Let me know!