Password Idea Extraordinaire! This Trick Will Help You Achieve Goals and Remember Your Passwords
How often do you forget passwords?
And what are the current most important goals you are working on in your life, like reducing your debt, losing that weight, getting better grades, or building your business?
These might seem like unrelated questions, but stick with me here, I'm going to show you a cool trick that helps you with both.
On average, people have 27 different online accounts that require passwords. To some people, like me, it feels more like 270.
And when it comes to passwords, most people make one of two mistakes:
Either they try to use different passwords across most of the sites, which is smart from a security perspective but pretty much guarantees they will forget passwords (on average, people forget one password per day; to some, it can feel more like 270 times per day.)
Or they use the same password across most or all of the sites, which is just asking for trouble. Because if a thief discovers your one password... well, they now have access to all your accounts!
Meanwhile, I probably don't need to tell you that far more often than not, people fail to achieve their goals.
It's easy at the peak of motivation to set a goal -- "I will lose 15 pounds in three months!" or "I will only watch one hour of TV per day!"
However, a big part of the reason goals fail is because almost all of the time people are not in that motivated, high-willpower state. They are instead on autopilot. Their defenses are way down, so it's easy to give in to whatever unhealthy, goal-crushing impulses appeal to them in the moment, such as eating bad foods or watching hours and hours of TV.
One big key to achieve goals, therefore, is to find ways to frequently prod yourself with reminders of that goal -- including when you're in autopilot mode, which is again most of the time.
It would be great if you could pay someone to follow you everywhere and shout, "Put that bag of Doritos down now! Do not order those french fries! Get that coconut cream pie out of your grocery cart!"
Short of that, though, the more you can set up frequent and random reminders to stick to your goal and avoid the temptations that destroy it, the better.
And so, the trick to remember your passwords and boost the likelihood of achieving your goals is:
And there you have it, a unique password for every site that is easy for you to remember and very hard for others to crack.
And one that requires you actively typing in your goal -- multiple times per day depending on how often you use passwords.
This seemingly small act, repeated over and over, can go a long way toward helping you stay on task with achieving your goals.
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Brian Vaszily, Founder of Advantage Hacks, has grown 5 successful startups, launched many successful products, authored several books including a #1 bestseller, and coached many good people and 2 jackasses. For 20+ years it's been his passion to discover what MOST enables successful people to become successful. From timeless success strategies to new technology coming soon that will change our world, he reveals the most important secrets to you here, and usually does so in a damn enjoyable way.