Self coach to success using your computer password
One of the most important techniques for coaching and self coaching is to get an achievable goal, sometimes referred to as a well formed outcome. Once you have this goal and an action plan in place, you need to remind yourself of it regularly as this helps you focus on why you are doing the things you are doing.
Some like to stick post-it notes to the bathroom mirror, some like to chant it on the way to work; in reality there isn’t a text book right or wrong way of doing it, it really depends on the individual and how they will find it beneficial. Then the other day while changing my password on a system for one of my corporate clients, I realised that for many years without really thinking about it, my passwords were reminders for goals.
Use your password
For anyone in a corporate world, or where you’ve been on a website that indicated the strength of your password, you’ll know that to make a strong password it needs to be pretty cryptic. My simple approach which seems to span most system’s requirements is to use the first letter of the words from a short goal sentence as your password.
Let me demonstrate using a goal from someone I have recently coached.
“I am going to be better at public speaking” to, “Iagtbbaps”.
To help the complexity requirements I would recommend things like always making the first letter a capital and you might want to throw in a single digit number and non alpha-numeric (!,”‘; etc) on the end also. If you therefore add “9:” making it “Iagtbbaps9:” we get a score of 77% from passwordmeter.com
The power of this approach is that you will use this password many times per day and to remember the letters you will be reciting your goal in your head every time you enter your password. It also makes it easy to remember a password that meets the criteria set by the system you are using.
One word of warning, I can remember some years ago now when I had a password that was quiet negative, I must have been in a off-mood when I set it, and I found it got me down and I had to change it within a few days.
I hope you find this little tip useful. I would love to know the ways you’ve used to remind yourself of your goals, please post a comment and share.