Recently, I came across an amazing post written by a man named Mauricio Estrella who was going through a rough divorce in 2011. His workplace required him to change his password every 30 days, and one day, when he was feeling particularly frustrated with his current situation, his computer prompted him to change his password. He was annoyed—but then he remembered a piece of advice someone had given him: to use his password to change his life. What he did next is pretty powerful. Here’s an excerpt from the post:
It was obvious that I couldn’t focus on getting things done with my current lifestyle and mood. Of course, there were clear indicators of what I needed to do -or what I had to achieve- in order to regain control of my life, but we often don’t pay attention to these clues.
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.
My password became: “Forgive@h3r”
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 the following days, my mood improved drastically. By the end of the 2nd week, I noticed that this password became less powerful, and it started to lose its effect. A quick refresh of this ‘mantra’ helped me. I thought to myself I forgive her as I typed it, every time. The healing effect of it came back almost immediately.
Want to hear something even crazier? Mauricio says he changed his password to “Quit@smoking4ever” the next month—and dropped his cigarette habit almost overnight. Of the 10 motivational passwords Mauricio reports having used, all but one have worked to help him reach his goals.
The tip to make your password into a mantra that will effect positive changes in your life is so simple yet so smart—I can’t wait to start doing it myself! Do you have any other little tricks like that to help you reach your self-improvement goals? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
photo via Learning DSLR Video