Before you even try to stop smoking, tell yourself you are committed to quit smoking. Not “wanting to try”, not “trying” but 100% committed to make quit smoking a success. There is a difference between a “want” and a “commitment”. A “want” is simply a nice-to-have and we basically just shrug our shoulders if we couldn’t have that luxury. A commitment is almost like an oath, we promise ourselves that we will live and breath that something. Unless you commit 100% to stop smoking, the chances of failure is very high.
For things to change first change yourself. I recently attended a money-management seminar that emphasized a lot on the process of “unlearning”. If you have negative thoughts about yourself for being a failure to stop smoking, stop being so hard for yourself. The process of unlearning is tough as we need time and effort to re-condition our minds to think positively about ourselves and everything we do. How we do anything is how we do everything. If you are the type who doesn’t have perseverance and patience, quit smoking will be tough but that doesn’t mean you are doomed to failure. It just means that you need to be conscious about it.
Take a look at yourself … …
1) Truly believe you have the will power and the determination to quit smoking. If you don’t believe in yourself, you are doomed to fail. Make a declaration every morning by looking straight into the mirror, “I am not smoking anymore”. Yes, it might sound a bit weird. But, yes, please start brain washing yourself.
2) Jim Rohn said when you know the “why”, you will know where to find the “how”. Ask yourself why did you smoke and then why you want to be smoke-free. If the reasons aren’t strong, the chances of success will be slim. You must first be convinced that the returns of not smoking out-weighs that of smoking in order to give you the strength and impetus to quit.
3) Find out your “5 When’s” of smoking (times, situations, places, moods and people). This will enable you to form a plan to stop smoking effectively.