[widget id=”ad_unit-10″]ad_unit-10[/widget]If you sincerely want to quit then the importance of knowing why you are quitting and what you want out of life is crucial. For some people this process may be easy-for others it will require some thought. Here are you have some ideas to help you find out what you want to do.
To quit smoking for good you must identify:
- Your “want to quit story”-Did something happen to you or someone you know that got you thinking: “I should quit smoking”?
- One or two things that have really been turning you off about smoking.
- How being smoke-free will help you get what you want out of life-this is the most important part of your motivation.
What is Your “Want to Quit Story?”
Often, when we make a decision or start thinking about quitting, there are one or two events that set us in motion. For example:
- My doctor told me that if I didn’t stop I’d develop emphysema.
- My five-year old has developed asthma.
- My aunt just died of lung cancer-she was a non-smoker but her husband smoked.
- My best friend quit-If she can do it, I can too.
- Girls keep turning me down once they realize I’m a smoker.
The possibilities are endless…The point is: What is your story? Was there something that happened that brought on a strong feeling of “I’ve got to get rid of these cigarettes”? If you have an “I want to quit” story, write it down or flag it in your memory.
What Turns You Off About Smoking?
Often people are thinking about quitting because certain negative aspects of smoking are turning them off.
How to Quit Smoking Effectively
Although every former smoker has their own unique story on how they quit smoking, there are some tried and true how to quit smoking methods that have worked well over the years. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you can always try out different methods and work your way onto telling your own how to quit smoking story.
The Best Ways to Quit Smoking – Quit Smoking Forever
The best ways to quit smoking are not always going to be the same for everyone. But you can quit smoking forever with a few simple tips. I’m not saying that quitting smoking is going to be easy, it’s never easy, but there are some simple to follow rules that you can apply to yourself which will make the whole process a lot more bearable. If you are not
sure what your main turnoffs are, skim the list below for ideas:
- I’m tired of the smell on my fingers, on my breath, and on my clothes.
- I am looking old and wrinkled; and my teeth are yellowing.
- I’m coughing a lot. I don’t want to get bronchitis.
- I seem to be getting colds all the time.
- My husband/wife is unhappy with my smoking-not just for me, but because of the risk of getting lung cancer from second-hand smoke.
- I heard that smoking when I’m pregnant will increase the chances of miscarriage and low birth weight.
- My doctor keeps reminding me that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer and a major cause of heart disease.
- I’ve heard that smoking can shorten your life expectancy by up to 15 years.
- I hate having to go outside all the time to smoke.
- Money is tight-I can’t afford almost $50 a week just for smokes!
- My car stinks-it’s embarrassing.
- I’m stressed all the time wondering when I’m going to be able to take a smoke break.
- It doesn’t seem cool to smoke anymore-I’m beginning to feel ashamed of my habit.
- I’ve started working out again and find that I am always out of breath. That’s scary!
Third and Most Important Step – What is Your Positive Vision or Goal?
What is most important to you in life? What and who do you value? Take a pause to think about this. Is it your children? Is it having a good time? Your career? Helping others? Is there something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
Consider these positive benefits of becoming a non-smoker:
- Sense of accomplishment from having beaten a tough addiction.
- Positive self-esteem.
- Healthier complexion, teeth, hair and nails.
- More stamina.
- Fewer sick days.
- More money.
- Providing a healthy home for your children.
- Being a positive role model.
Now see your life without cigarettes-what is happening? How are you happier? Do you have more energy? See the people close to you. How is being smoke-free helping you achieve your goals and dreams?
- My children are healthy, free of respiratory problems and infections-they may smoke when they grow up, but I’ll know that I showed them that it is possible to quit.
- I am healthy and able to enjoy my grandchildren.
- I am enjoying a worry-free social life-dining out at restaurants, going to movies, visiting friends, taking a cruise-free of worry about where and when I’ll be able to smoke.
- I have more energy and money-I’m taking kayaking lessons-something I’ve always wanted to do.
- I am enjoying my job more now- I can focus on the task at hand rather than worrying about getting out for a cigarette break. I feel more eligible for a promotion, now I have the cigarette “monkey” off my back.
Now it’s your turn. What are your dreams and goals? It doesn’t matter where you are in the quitting process. Start dreaming. Your goals are what will propel you forward and keep you on track.