Stopping smoking once and for all is easy!
But …Are you really ready to quit?
Regardless of whether or not the above statement describes your readiness level, I suggest you take a look. Then let this question sit on the back burner of your mind for a few days or weeks.
Only when you are really and truly ready emotionally to eliminate your smoking habit would it be wise to begin. This way you will not waste your time or money and get embroiled in hurt feelings by starting your stop smoking program for the “nth time” and not accomplishing your heart’s desire, which is to Stop Smoking – Easily!
Why do I say you need to wait until you are intensely passionate about stopping smoking?
Because, if you are truthful with yourself, you would know that it is as easy as doing one thing. That one thing is to “Make A Decision” the first time and every other time after that when the desire to light up a cigarette returns. That is how easy it is.
However, because you have an emotional investment in smoking you may very well stop smoking … sometimes even up to a few years … and then for what seems to be no apparent reason you take a puff and you’re back in the same old trap or you start hanging around smokers again.
Remember, you can start and stop repeatedly until your words and desire match up. Only then will you have the right “mind set” to persist until you succeed in accomplishing your heart’s desire – freedom from the addiction of smoking!
Although you may be successfully abstinent from smoking for a period of time, be aware that it is necessary to be watchful that you avoid falling into your former ways of thinking and feeling about smoking. These traps are the smoking habits you built up in the past. Remember that they are always lurking, waiting outside the door of your mind to entice you back onto the slide that makes you feel badly about yourself rather than joyful that you have stuck to your word.
Do you want to be a victim or do you want to be free from the compulsion of smoking?
To answer this let’s look at the factors that may be influencing you one way or the other.
First there is your emotional investment.
What do I mean by having an emotional investment in smoking?
If you honestly look at your motives for smoking and the times and conditions under which you are smoking, you may discover that they are all Excuses! Yes, I said Excuses.
You may be smoking to feel happier, more confident, not eat too much, be in synch with the crowd you associate with, feel more relaxed or to present a certain image about yourself that you may not even believe yourself. There are as many reasons/excuses as there are people.
So, is smoking really hard to stop?
It only takes the making of a decision?
Yes, you read that correctly … Make A Decision!
Here is where your empowerment comes from – the ability to choose a plan of action that will cause joy to burst forth within you rather than guilt or shame … both of which can pull you back and make you want to hide from yourself and others.
Keep in mind though that you may feel a lack of confidence in your ability to let the habit go, that need not stop you from studying about the methods out there to help give it up.
Perhaps one of the reasons you have had trouble quitting is that you may feel you do not know what to expect.
In other words, how will your body react?
Will you be in physical or emotional pain or both as you go through the withdrawal symptoms of anger, betrayal, resentment, envy or self-pity?
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What will you do with your hands, mouth, money or time when they become more available to you?
What will you put in place of cigarettes?
Also, do you Have a plan in place to deal with the next step – continued avoidance or abstinence – once you have successfully stopped smoking?
I recall a time when I decided I was going to jog five miles a day and do so by the end of a six month period. During that time I was so exited about the progressive daily accomplishments I was making that a fellow co-worker got inspired and began to do Marathon running. At the end of the six month period, I had successfully shown myself that I could jog rive miles daily! Prior to that time I actually hated jogging,
including even the thought of it. How, good I felt about the workout and about my achievement!
However, I had not considered what I would do after I arrived at my goal. Consequently, I stopped all jogging. Meanwhile my fellow co-worker went on to enter all kinds of Marathon running events while I just watched and wondered what happened.
Really jogging has nothing to do with stopping smoking but what is relevant is the fact that it is easy to return to an old habit (no matter what it is) and requires taking a look at it.
Know ahead of time that there will be many changes that will take place in your mind, body, heart and relationships as you venture into the land of no smoking.
How will you react to these changes in your mind, body, feelings and other’s reactions to your gargantuan efforts?
Are you wanting to quit smoking to please others or yourself?
The approval or disapproval of others is an incredibly powerful method of motivating oneself. But in the long run how can it be enough to keep you on track, especially when the pull of the cigarette is so strong?
And how will you feel when you have given up what may have been your best friend?
Who will you be in touch with to help support you emotionally until you’ve formed this new non-smoking habit?
Here is one idea that may help you to proceed with hope and anticipation that “You Can Do It!”
… that You Can Stop Smoking – Easily!
What is hard for many people is the fact that the body will begin to detoxify itself.
In other words, if you were carrying around a 100 pound weight everyday, 24 hours a day and someone came along and lifted the burden off you for a few hours, what do you think your first reaction would be?
Relief? … a burst of energy? … a feeling of freedom? … a feeling of being clean inside?
The above are just a few results that many people discover.
So, what do most people do when they have a feeling of extra energy?
They start running around and doing things they had not done for awhile like cleaning their house or their car or garage. Maybe it is shopping, or something they have put off doing because they couldn’t.
When passion for life, motivation and joy return and you find yourself filled with a huge burst of energy, confidence, and gratitude that “You Did It”, will you make the decision to continue being abstinent and smoke free? … or will you make excuses and rationalize that you really didn’t want to stop smoking anyway?
In the wonderful journey towards being cigarette free, and health and money rich, you may even find that any depression or anger you have been feeling may disappear more and more as you get busy living your life again but this time living it in the Smoke Free Zone!
And if you feel motivated to participate in a Stop Smoking – Easily group, watch for upcoming details so you may be emotionally supported in your exciting adventure of Easily Stopping Smoking Once and For All!
A final last thought – No matter what your choice may be, make sure that you are truly ready emotionally to eliminate your smoking habit before you launch yourself headlong into Stopping Smoking – Easily!
Until the next time,
Yours for Abundant Health,
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If you think stress is causing you to smoke then you may want to listen to and follow along with the audio called – Quick Stress Relief! It is found on the front page of the site JudyLoveda.com
This information is only meant to educate you as to other possibilities. It is not designed to diagnose or prescribe any form of treatment. If you have any health concerns it is advised that you consult with your health care professional as we can not be responsible for any decisions you may make as a result of your acquiring this information.