Have you been a long term smoker, wondering desperately how people seem to become successful with their quitting attempts? Do you know people who smoked for years and then gave up? If you want to become a non smoker, then you need to do what the successful people do. Here are a few pointers to help you get to where you want to be:
Use The Right Terms And Language
When you speak to people about quitting, don’t say you’re trying to quit smoking. That sounds like you’ll give it a go but will eventually fail. Like a self fulfilling prophecy! Instead, say you have quit. Say it like it’s final, it’s done. Use these terms when speaking to others and thinking to yourself and it’ll soon sink in! The words we use are more powerful than most realise.
Have The Right Mindset
Having the right mindset is really important. Using the right language will help with this, as mentioned before. Make sure you think positively as much as possible, even if you’re not even thinking/speaking about smoking. If you stress yourself out, you could end up triggering the urge to smoke! Your mindset is going to keep you going when times get tough.
Make Sure People Support You
Tell people what you are doing and surround yourself with people who support you. If there’s anybody who doesn’t support you, makes jokes and even tries to make you fail, stay well away from them. These people aren’t your friends. They may even be trying to sabotage you to make themselves feel better. Supportive people are best!
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Have Compelling Reasons To Quit
Don’t just quit because other people say you should. You need your own compelling reasons to quit. For your health, for your kids, for a better life, etc. Make a long list of yours and keep them in mind as often as possible.
Use Smoking Aids And Things To Help
You don’t need to go cold turkey with no help. You can use smoking aids and things like that to help you. Many people turn to things like the electronic cigarette, and they have a huge success rate. Find the aid that works for you!
Get Professional Support
Professional support could be the key if you feel you need people around you who are going through the same thing. Go to a support group and get help that way.
Get Back On The Wagon
If you fall off the wagon, get stressed out and smoke a cigarette, don’t panic. This is a long term thing. It doesn’t mean you have to give up completely. Just get back on the wagon and keep going.
The key with giving up smoking, is to never give up on giving up. Giving up will be one of the best things you do if you decide to stick at it. You’ll live longer, and have a better quality of life. Not to mention more money in your bank! Comment your thoughts and ideas below.