Use Affirmations as Passwords
Reinforce Your Self-Worth and Esteem Every Time You Use a Password
What do you type over and over on a daily basis if you use your computer to access email or the web? What allows you access to protected websites, to shop online and to gain entry into your company email from a distance? How does a website remember you? Your password, of course.
If you're a road warrior, you use this access code even more frequently. If you have to type your password many times a day, why not make the password user-friendly and useful for highlighting your best qualities as a person and as an employee?
Why not make the password a positive affirmation? "An affirmation is a strong, positive statement that something is already so," according to Shakti Gawain, author of "Creative Visualization." Affirmations are generally used in goal setting and feedback, especially to encourage your self-worth and self-esteem.
The affirmation is a powerful tool that you can use to reinforce your own best feelings about yourself. With positive words of encouragement ringing in your ears all day long every day, how can your psyche not experience a serious positive reaction, a boost when you feel you are your best self?
On the Flip Side, Passwords Can Lower Esteem
On the flip side, a work colleague uses the word, donkey, as his password. Imagine that! He types donkey over and over again all day long. Unless he really loves his pet donkey, that's not likely to make his day brighter. Another colleague uses buffalo, not as bad, but certainly not an affirmation of his worth and abilities.
How affirming! Other colleagues use family member and pet names. Once again, that's not as bad as a donkey, but the password's usefulness in stroking the positive feeling of self-worth likely depends on the mood of the relationship. Plus, those are easy passwords to identify and steal if someone wants to steal your private information.
Positively Affirm Your Value with an Affirmation as Your Password
A recommended policy has always been to use a phrase that positively affirms your personal value, worth, and competence. If you have to type the password over and over, why not use a word or phrase that builds your self-esteem and positive morale up? This affirmative phrase won't be any easier to identify than the often-used random numbers and letters employees use for passwords.
Examples of positive affirmations as passwords (without the spaces and punctuation, of course) include:
- I am best
- wonderful me
- life is great
- money machine
- I rock
Use Positive Affirmations That Help You Achieve Goals as Passwords
If you have a goal that you wish to achieve, you can use your password to help you achieve that as well. Think about what your goal is and form your password around that concept. Of course, it doesn't need to be a whole sentence, but key ideas are helpful. For example:
- Starting my business
- Losing weight today
- I love my husband
- Going to the gym daily
- Helping other people rocks
- 30 pushups
- Marathon 2020
- Meditation and spirituality
It puts the idea in your mind. If you type Ilovemyhusband six times in one day, that is going to carry over into your relationship at home. If you're at 30pushups, how can you not feel inspired to work on your sit-ups? If you have anxiety, try, Breathe Deeply and if you tend to procrastinate try, do it now.
If you are forced to use a mix of letters and numbers, as required by many websites, just become creative with your positive affirmations.
- I great 1
- I'm gorgeous 2
- I love me 2
This is such a small thing you may be thinking? Practitioners totally disagree. Colleagues have used positive affirmations as their passwords since the mid-eighties and they guarantee it's not. Why lose any opportunity that life presents to affirm the special person that you are?
And, especially, take advantage of an opportunity, such as using positive affirmations as passwords, that presents itself to highlight your unique greatness all day long.
If you're skeptical, the next time your computer forces you to change your password (some companies and organizations require a change every four-six weeks), pick something positive and see how it affects your life and thoughts.
It almost certainly will, because when you concentrate on the positive things, you tend to see things in a more positive light. Dale Carnegie's advice about influencing and winning friends at work fits well with this positive outlook, too.
If you're worried about security issues, keep in mind that experts now recommend using phrases rather than random digits. This fits in perfectly with their advice and can make your day brighter. Who wouldn't want that?