You already have all the information about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, yet why is it so tough to quit?
It certainly isn’t logical to smoke… it says right on the cigarette pack,”Smoking Kills”, but that hasn’t stopped you. On the other hand, if nicotine is so addictive, then how is it that some people are able to fly in a plane without any cravings? A heroin or cocaine addict can’t do that.
It’s not lack of information that is the problem!
What’s lacking is the correct kind of motivation.
Has the fear of a heart attack, emphysema, or lung cancer ever stopped you? No. You don’t smell or taste as much as you used to, right? Years go by, and that is how the damage is done. So since you are feeling no pain, knowing the negative consequences of smoking is not sufficient motivation. And since nearly all cigarettes you smoke are simply out of habit, you do not consider the dangers, even with the picture images on the cigarette pack or dire warnings from your doctor.
Here’s what I have found helps people be successful long-term: focusing on the positive instead of the negative… about what you would like, rather than on what you don’t want. Hypnosis is a focusing and amplifying tool that can help you to do just that.
In other words, it is more useful to concentrate on”being a non-smoker”, rather than on”not smoking”. Try not to think about a pink elephant right now and you’ll know what I mean. Try not to consider smoking and that’s all you can think about… when can you have your next cigarette. For most smokers, thinking about”not smoking” causes great anxiety!
And if is quitting something a positive? It seems like failure. Focusing on the positive, and on being different in situations when you used to smoke is what makes being a non-smoker more sustainable.
Do you have to amplify more anxiety and worry in your life? That could cause a heart attack!
Once you have picked your day to become a non-smoker, reducing the amount you smoke daily rather than stopping”cold turkey” is paramount. Going from smoking 10, 15, or 20 cigarettes (or more) daily is like jumping off a fast moving train. It is going to be hard and turn your world upside down.
The important thing here is to create experiences of delayed gratification rather than generating fear of deprivation which compels you to smoke more.
Cutting down to 2-3 cigarettes each day by smoking a brand you do not like and changing your ritualistic smoking behaviors will make the transition much, much smoother. This is the principle behind nicotine replacement procedures. Unfortunately for many, with nicotine replacement, you have not addressed the hand that still reaches for a cigarette from habit. It’s not about chemicals; it’s about raising self-awareness, and you can not place self-awareness in a pill or patch.
Remember, it’s definitely going to be an experience that will motivate you to stop, one way or another. Either it’ll be an experience of bad news from the doctor (or worse) that forces your hand and is usually not very pleasant… or it’ll be an adventure of delayed gratification, which is undoubtedly much more empowering. The decision is yours.