You already have all of the information about the hazards of smoking cigarettes, yet why is it so tough to stop?
It certainly is not logical to smoke… it says right on the cigarette pack,”Smoking Kills”, but that has not stopped you. On the other hand, if nicotine is so addictive, then how can it be that some people have the ability to fly in a plane with no cravings? A heroin or cocaine addict can’t do that.
It is not lack of information that’s the problem!
What’s lacking is the correct type of motivation.
No. You do not smell or taste as much as you used to, right? Years go by, and that is the way the harm is done. So since you are feeling no pain, knowing the negative effects of smoking is not sufficient motivation. And since nearly all cigarettes you smoke are only out of habit, you do not consider the dangers, in spite of the picture images on the cigarette package or dire warnings from your health care provider.
Here is what I have found helps individuals be successful long-term: focusing on the positive instead of the negative… about what you would like, rather than on what you do not want. Hypnosis is a focusing and amplifying tool which may help you to do precisely that.
To put it differently, it is more useful to concentrate on”being a non-smoker”, as opposed to on”not smoking”. Try not to think about a pink elephant at the moment and you’ll know what I mean. Try not to consider smoking and that is all you can think about… when can you have your next cigarette. For many smokers, considering”not smoking” causes great stress!
And if is stopping something a positive? It seems like failure.
Do you have to amplify more anxiety and worry in your life?
As soon as you have picked your day to be a non-smoker, reducing the amount you smoke daily as opposed to quitting”cold turkey” is paramount. It is going to be hard and turn your world upside down.
The important thing here is to create experiences of delayed gratification as opposed to generating fear of anxiety which compels you to smoke more.
Slimming down to 2-3 cigarettes each day by smoking a brand you do not like and changing your ritualistic smoking behaviours will make the transition much, much smoother. This is the principle behind nicotine replacement procedures. Unfortunately for many, with nicotine replacement, you haven’t addressed the hand that still reaches for a cigarette from habit. It is not about chemicals; it is about raising self-awareness, and you can not place self-awareness in a pill or patch.
Bear in mind, it’s definitely going to be an experience that will inspire you to stop, one way or another. Either it’ll be an experience of bad news from the doctor (or worse) that forces your hands and is usually not so pleasant… or it’ll be an adventure of delayed gratification, which is undoubtedly much more enabling. The decision is yours.