Recently, my brother shared an interesting link on Facebook. The link goes to an article on Today’s web site about how changing your password can change your life.
After reading the article, I came to the conclusion that it definitely makes sense for me to consider using helpful passwords on various accounts, depending on what I hope to accomplish.
How Your Password Could Change Your Life
In the article, the author writes about choosing passwords that remind him about the things he wants to change about his life. The passwords become mantras and reminders that keep him on track. The author had a program that required him to change one of his passwords every month, and here is what he wrote about the experience:
One month later, my dear exchange server asked me again to renew my password. I thought about the next thing I had to get done.
My password became: Quit@smoking4ever
And guess what happened. I quit smoking overnight. This password was a painful one to type during that month, but doing it helped me to yell at myself in my mind, as I typed that statement. It motivated me to follow my monthly goal.
The author also used his passwords to help him save for a trip to Thailand, change his sleeping habits so that he feels better and healthier, and even to improve his relationship with his mom by chatting with her via Facetime once a week.
After reading this interesting story, I started thinking about what I could do to improve my passwords, and integrate them into my life. And, since it’s good password security to change it up regularly, you can make adjustments based on your current goals, and what you hope to improve.
Creating a Mantra to Change Your Life
Every time you type your new password, you are basically chanting a mantra, in your mind, that can help draw your attention to your goals.
When creating a password designed to change your life, you do need to still follow good password creation techniques. This means including upper- and lower-case letters, as well as numbers and symbols. The author used one of his passwords for the month as Eat2times@day to help him work on his weight-loss goals.
You can do something similar. For instance, something like Ad_Xtra@150 on one of my investment accounts could help me work toward increasing my retirement savings goal. Perhaps I could use Sn4k@Fru17 for another account to remind me to snack on fruit instead of candy. (Of course, I can’t use either of these passwords now.) I’m also changing my screen-lock numbers to something that reminds me of a goal I’m working on. Every time I access my phone, those numbers remind me of what I need to do.
You still need to have a different password for each of your accounts, and you need to pay attention so that it isn’t too easy to guess. But, as long as a hacker doesn’t know the deepest yearnings of your heart, it’s unlikely that s/he would be able to guess your password effectively, especially if you change it as your life gets better.
The key, of course, is that you need to set your passwords this way for accounts that you regularly access. It doesn’t do you much good to try to create a mantra to change your life if you only access an account once a year.
What do you think of this method? Would it help you change your life? Or does it seem an insufficient goal reminder?