Happy Monday! It’s been a wonderful week, almost like a sense of renewed outlook on living, yet the same one of seeking authentic leadership in an ultra-produced world. What is different today from most? I realized my most subtle, yet productive, method for active habit building. I changed my password. What better way is there to affirm and command ourselves on a daily basis then to set our passwords to exactly what we most need from ourselves?
When I homeschooled myself in high school, I could have easily sunk into the endless world of the early semi-anonymous Internet and Sims, but I didn’t because then my password was some form of I need a to-do list for everyday. With that in mind, my mind went to work. I to-do listed my way through finishing my self-taught HS diploma in three years, my college degree in four (even after dropping out a semester), and my master’s degree in two (while working full-time and diving into a bunch of entrepreneurial ventures). Now while this is a list of accomplishments, it’s not the point. What kept me steady through these lively years was my to-do list and repeatedly reminding myself I needed one. So for your one more move towards a path to success with a little less stress, find time to do this: Set your password to the command you most need.
For example: Let’s say you need to call your mother more often.
First make it an affirmation by placing yourself right next to the action.
I [yourself] will call [the action] my mother on Sunday. Another example is, I call my mother every Sunday.
Then take the first letter or first few letters of the command into letters and change some obvious letters into numbers. In this case our first example will change from:
I will call my mother on Sunday to
1Wcmm0nSunday – I like to spell out the last word for added length. This not only creates a strong password that is unique to you, it also affirms and reminds you of what is truly important. Some motivating commands I’ve used in the past have been:
I need a to-do list for everyday –> 1natdl4evryday
I will do it.
I write for 15 minutes everyday.
etc. My current one, I won’t share, but let’s just say it was a needed change in my life and I am pleased.
Do you have any useful motivational hacks? Share with me on Twitter @ZingaHart or comment below.