Passwords. We all have countless logins to our email, bank accounts, social media, CRM accounts and the list goes on and on and on. Experts recommend changing your passwords on a regular basis to keep all of your personal information safe and secure, but it can be a feat in itself to come up with unique, memorable passwords to use for your accounts.
Mauricio Estrella, a Shanghai-based creative director and teacher, took the opportunity to change his mindset along with his passwords. Whether you find yourself stuck in a rut, fighting with negative emotions or simply needing a change, a password reset may be what you need to reset your thoughts.
As stated by Ghandi:
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.”
Estrella shared his experience on Medium, which were influenced by advice from a former boss who suggested using a password that would have an influential impact on his life. From typing the new password several times a day, Estrella’s mantra was soon imbedded in his mind. Every time his screensaver popped up, he was forced to retype a phrase.
He was inspired to take control of his mind through changing passwords after a messy divorce that caused him to be irritated, frustrated and overall in a bad place. And because the Microsoft Exchange server is programmed to ask for a password change every 30 days, he turned an annoying setting into a life-changing habit.
His passwords helped him forgive his ex-wife, quit smoking, save for a trip to Thailand, get a new pet and fall in love again. Any small personal goal can be reached, with a constant reminder and a dedicated mindset.
Want to hit a new high mark for monthly sales? Revamp your business plan? Create a marketing strategy to promote yourself as a real estate agent? Create a password for an account, like Microsoft Exchange or Gmail, that spells these goals out. Unlike other goals that you may create for yourself, this is one that you have to stick with, type out regularly and, most importantly, remember!
When creating these password goals, the key is to make sure these goals are attainable. Overreaching can sometimes diminish the probability of reaching that goal. Baby steps are key, and while it may take longer than anticipated to reach a goal, it’s better than never reaching that goal.
Estrella wrote that his strategy has worked for him for the past two years, and while it might not seem like much, sometimes just a small reminder is all that’s needed.
Do you have any special techniques that you follow to ensure you meet your goals? Let us know!