I’m curious. How many times do you type your passwords on a daily basis? And what do they consist of? Not that I want you to tell me your passwords, but have a look at them.
Does your password move you? Does it motivate you? Does it mean anything to you?
If you want to create some major shifts in your life, why not create inspirational, motivating and creative passwords that will help shake things up a little and get you out of your stuck state?
Why not use your passwords with a positive affirmation to rewire your brain?
Research shows us that our brains are flexible, workable and adaptable. In other words, with positive affirmations, one can literally change their life by taking advantage of technology.
Not only can you create a powerful positive password as an affirmation, but why not get creative and set a daily reminder on your iPhone? You can also use your smartphone by setting a sound notification every hour as a reminder for you to repeat your affirmation.
If you were starting over today, what changes would you make in your life?
Before we begin exploring some super amazing affirmations, you have to be clear on one thing.
What area of your life would you like to focus on?
The best way to answer is firstly by looking at all your life areas and picking just one that you are not so satisfied with but that you highly value.
It might be:
- Fun and social
- Personal growth
- Community contribution
Once you have picked one area in your life that you would like to focus on, ask yourself:
How am I currently spending my time in that area?
How content and happy am I in that area of my life?
The best way to identify your satisfaction is to put a score on it from 1-10 (10 being the ‘highest’). If it’s an area that needs some attention, then be honest, and score yourself accordingly.
This is not a test. There is no right or wrong answer. It needs to be an honest assessment of where you are at today.
You will be surprised at the outcome.
Create a daily mantra for personal growth
Now that you have the area you want to work on, it’s time to go deep.
Let’s say you picked Personal Growth and you scored 4 out of 10 because you feel like you don’t invest enough time on self. Let’s go further down the rabbit hole and really connect with your pain point in this area.
Get to one specific word that comes to mind (for example, ‘self-worth’).
Once you are able to put it into content, let’s see in what context it plays out. Specifically. Mind you, this may be in your life context as a whole. On the other hand, with some individuals it may only show up in one area.
‘Self-worth’, how does this show up?
You may come up with words like:
- I am a people pleaser, so I say yes to everyone, which means I say no to me.
- I have no boundaries because I allow others’ priorities overtake mine.
- I feel not enough. Therefore, I seek external of myself to find fulfilment.
Love the process more than the outcome
During this practice, it is crucial to not get stuck or focused on the desired outcome and destination. The only way to succeed here is to be in the present moment and concentrate on the process, the journey, or what I like to call the adventure.
Only then can we soar to grand heights and achieve greatness in our lives.
The real magic happens when we are challenged, or when we hit a roadblock, because that’s our biggest lesson right there.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to have an end in mind, and get really excited, inspired and motivated by the result. That’s what will keep you on your path.
However, it’s more when we get so fixated that we become stuck in the future and do not take on the learnings in the present moment.
If we were to look at obstacles as a way to move forward, we would have so many more entrepreneurs and leaders thrive in organisations. Those who succeed are the ones that absolutely love the process and journey, no matter how difficult it may be at times.
They see challenging situations as opportunities.
They know that’s where the real value is at.
Positively affirm your value
Here are three little hot tips about creating your positive affirmations:
- Write them as if they have already taken place. In other words, in the present tense.
- Include only positive, move-towards-your-goal language. For example, you don’t want to be using words like ‘I can’t’, ‘I don’t’, ‘I won’t’, ‘I’ll try’, ‘I could’ or ‘I would’. You want to be using powerful, moving words, like ‘I can’, ‘I will’ and ‘I am’.
- Repeat them exactly as they are written, with confidence, conviction and courage.
You may be wondering why you should speak as if your goal has already been manifested. Well, your brain only communicates in the present tense because everything that happens is happening in that very moment for your brain.
Once you are repeating your positive affirmations in present tense, your brain will start firing off all the connections that are associated with your affirmation.
If you believe it, you will receive it
Now the fun part – creating positive affirmations for your passwords. I know that some devices only allow a restricted amount of letters and numbers, so this is where you need to get creative.
Remember to create a phrase that builds your self-esteem, inspires you and helps you move towards your goal.
If we stick with the theme Personal Growth and, digging deeper, ‘self-worth’, then some affirmations may include:
- I always have a choice
- I have great ideas
- I make useful contributions
- I approve of myself
- I believe in myself
- I express my needs
- I stand in my truth
- I honour myself
- I am worthy of success, etc.
If you are old-fashioned like me, then put pen to paper and repeat your affirmations by writing them 12 times a day. Written declarations tend to possess more power than spoken words.
It’s your turn now. Give it a go and let me know how it turns out.
Although they seem simple, these shifts will prepare your mind for greatness.