It seems many people, if not most, have a considerably hard time when trying to quit an unhealthy addiction. Whether it be alcohol, cigarettes, drugs or the wrong foods, quitting may seem just too hard to do. However, in many cases, people put undue pressure on themselves to quit smoking by, first of all, telling others what they’re going to do before they actually succeed. In some cases, that extra pressure may lead to failure virtually straight away.
WANT TO QUIT SMOKING? JUST DO IT!
THE ABSENCE OF SMOKING CHANGES YOU
I was at work a while back when a normally grumpy and permanently tormented work colleague of mine came over to me and told me he was having a great day. At first, I assumed he was just being sarcastic since this guy had never had a great day since birth and constantly loved telling anyone who would listen just how miserable his life had always been.
The strange thing was he was serious, he really was having a great day and I noticed this as soon as I looked at him. I immediately thought this guy was game taking drugs at work and I told him so. With a smile, he confidently reassured me he was not on drugs.
MAKE A CHANGE FOR YOURSELF
There’s no easy way to put it so I just told him straight up that this was the first time I had ever seen him happy and it was a very pleasant change indeed. He then proceeded to tell me why his life had just taken a tremendous change for the better.
Craig had been smoking cigarettes since before he was a teenager and was now in his forties. He had tried to quit smoking more times than he cared to remember, usually only lasting a few days. On this occasion, however, he did something he had never done before, and at this stage, it would appear he had finally achieved his goal to quit smoking once and for all.
DON’T TELL ANYONE OF YOUR PLANS
It had been over a month since Craig had a cigarette and the cravings he told me had pretty much disappeared. He was literally jumping out of his skin and it was very obvious in the way he was talking and in his mannerisms in general.
Craig told me every time he had previously tried to quit smoking, he had told everyone at home and at work that this time he was definitely going to quit and occasionally, even bet money with people he had the willpower to do it. This time was different since he was sick and tired of people laughing at him when they saw him smoking another cigarette after he had declared he would quit.
KEEP YOURSELF BUSY
He told me he didn’t even tell his wife or his kids, he simply kept himself very busy at home and while at work, and the first week went a lot faster than he had imagined.
The second week was a little tougher since he’d never made it to the second week before but after that, he felt it had just gotten easier and easier. His wife and kids were so proud and happy for him that he was now starting to see life without those thick, smokey clouds hanging over him.
He wrote a list of all the reasons why he shouldn’t smoke and told me the list was long, but when he came to write the list of reasons why he should keep smoking, he couldn’t come up with a single reason why. He attributes his success to the fact he desperately wanted to give up smoking.
The fact that he didn’t tell anyone he was going to quit this time is one of the primary reasons why he’s now a non-smoker. So this is certainly an excellent reason to keep quiet and quit.