Kristin and I have a lot of goals that we are setting out to accomplish in 2014. You are reading one of them right now! Having an online space of our own is one of our passions, and it is something that has taken a lot of hard work and a long time to materialize. Not only do your passions take work and talent, but they also take Motivation. Goals are awesome and fun when you make them on New Years Eve, but then not so fun several weeks or months later when the work comes in.

Which brings me to a helpful tool: Passwords.

Yes. Passwords.

Here is a list of the most recent worst, or most common passwords from Google.

Notice a trend here?

We tie our most important passwords to the things, pets & others around us, and we do a terrible job of being secure, at that. Why not personalize the password? Why not benefit from your own password?!?

Motivate your Passwords

Why not personalize the password? Why not benefit from your own password?!?

Motivating you Password is just another tip on the way to success with life. Here’s why:

1. It’s Specific, Measurable and Attainable, in at least 6 characters that must contain a number.
Most passwords ask for a mixture of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols, and they usually need to be 6 or more characters. Just as “Trying to lose weight” isn’t a specific, measurable, and attainable goal, “WeightLoss1” makes a bad motivational password. If I wanted to Lose 30 lbs. by July, that’s a lot more Specific, Measurable, and Attainable, isn’t it? Typing in a password like “Lose30byJuly14” several times a day would certainly engrain the fact that you will be losing that weight by July, wouldn’t it?

2. Repetition, repetition, repetition!
I use passwords that I will be entering in many times as signposts of focus for my goals. If I’m training for a certain run or working on a specific project, I’ll use my current passion to relate to my passwords. Remember that most tasks become habit after 21-30 days of repetition, and most corporate emails last about 6 weeks.

(As a side note: If you’ve been following Hello, Flecks, you know that we just got back from vacation during our launch. I was able to remember my computer password with relative ease when I came back to work after two weeks of not thinking about it. How? It was one of my goals – how could I forget the thing that’s been my focus and motivation?)
3. It brings your “Why” to the forefront of your mind
With any goal, you need a reason for doing that thing, it’s called your “Why”. You may want to run a 5K to get in shape or eat healthier. It may take weeks of daily routines in order to stay focused and build up that habit. If I’ve been slacking on say, exercising, typing in a password like “IRun2Lose30” gets embarrassing after the 10th or 20th time in a row if you’ve been slacking all week. Just keeping that goal in your mind recharges you and gets you back into that good habit you set out to create.

This is just one way that I stay motivated when my goals get tough, what are some tips & tricks that are already present in your life that can keep you motivated?