Several times a day, every day, you have to enter passwords, whether it's to unlock your computer, phone or password manager. Take your password to the next level by turning it into a mantra that can actually change your life.
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Mauricio Estrella writes on Medium about how he was going through a difficult divorce and depression. One day, his company's server required him to change his password (as it had every month before that, per terrible password policy), and he changed it to "[email protected]", thereby changing his life:
My password became the indicator. My password reminded me that I shouldn't let myself be victim of my recent break up, and that I'm strong enough to do something about it.
[...] I had to type this statement several times a day. Each time my computer would lock. Each time my screensaver with her photo would appear. Each time I would come back from eating lunch alone.
In my mind, I went with the mantra that I didn't type a password. In my mind, I wrote "Forgive her" everyday, for one month.
That simple action changed the way I looked at my ex wife. That constant reminder that I should forgive her, led me to accept the way things happened at the end of my marriage, and embrace a new way of dealing with the depression that I was drowning into.
In subsequent months, recovering from his breakup, Estrella changed his password to "[email protected]er", "[email protected]", "[email protected]" and so on, mostly with success at achieving those goals.
Your password could be more than just a digital key to your gadgets. It can also serve as a constant reminder of where you want to go next. (Just make sure you make it long and complex and use a password manager for all the passwords you don't have to remember.)
How a password changed my life. [Medium]