Motivational Passwords

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Motivational Passwords

In the last several months there has been lots of news about passwords. Accounts hacked, entire store customer databases stolen. But recently I heard an idea that I have never heard before, and I think it’s one worth considering… having helpful passwords.

So what is a motivational password? A motivational password is one that accomplishes more than one task at a time. Of course, we want our passwords to secure access to whatever account or system with which we work. But what if the act of typing that password could reinforce for you a goal or desire? Now that would be a motivational password!

Imagine this. Every three months, your company requires you to change your computer password. It is a password you have to type several times a day at a minimum. Recently, you have decided that you want to lose weight, and are starting a diet and exercise plan. When that change your password prompt pops up, instead of trying to come up with the 19th iteration of a combination of your children’s names, you type in “IamGoing2loseWeight!” An hour later, you get up to go to the break room to get a cup of coffee, and when you return you have to log back in, and your fingers hammer out IamGoing2loseWeight! Lunch time rolls around, and as you decide what to grab for lunch, you remember “Hey, I am trying to lose weight. I’ll get the salad.” You even decide to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

You come back from lunch, and now you triumphantly type that new password, IamGoing2loseWeight! A couple more time you have to type that before leaving for the day. As you talk to your spouse on the way home, you are feeling good about the diet, and opt for a healthy dinner. In just one day, you have reminded yourself of your goals and your commitment to them. You do this for the next 90 days. Do you think you might have some success in meeting that goal? Possibly so!

After 90 days, it’s time to change that password. So what do you use now? Maybe Save$forCancunTrip. Or how about TellMywifeIloveherToday! The choices are endless. It should be easy for you to remember, yet hard for others to guess or predict.

So the next time you have to come up with a new password, consider if you have a personal goal you would like to achieve. If so, a motivational password might be just the thing for you. Good luck!

 

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Keith Owens is the owner and founder of Owens Investigations.

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