You have decided for some reason that it is now the right time in your life for you to stop smoking. So you now sit around and try to decide exactly how you are going to get started. You know that deep inside you are in for a long hard road, but at the same time, you really want to quit for good. The idea of quitting multiple times is just not attractive to you, so you are left with the task of creating a plan of attack that will work, and work well. You are likely to find this much harder than anything else you have ever tried to do in your life, and for good reason.
The number of people who fail at trying to quit smoking each year is astonishing. While millions are attempting to quit, there are still others who are starting to smoke. Everywhere you look there are smokers who are unintentionally tempting you to smoke again as well- which makes it even harder for you. Trying to overcome these challenges is very important, because without being able to overcome these problems you will be completely unable to quit for good.
Starting with a good plan is essential and this begins with deciding exactly why you want to quit smoking. The reason really does not matter, but you need to know your reason. What does matter is you also should believe in your reason, if you merely pull the reason why someone else has quit and you do not believe – your experience will be extremely rocky and full of problems. What you will need to do is spend a large amount of time trying to honestly decide why you want to quit smoking so that you have a good reason.
Health. Money. Family. Cleanliness.
Once your reason is selected, the rest of the process should be much easier to deal with. Use that as a huge motivation factor. If you are just quitting to quit, you are more likely to slip up on your goals, cheat and fall back into smoking very quickly. The remainder of the tasks such as creating a schedule, and even looking for the supportive guidance of friends and family will all be a simple breeze.
You will need to work hard to maintain your commitment. This means trying to avoid places and situations where you will be tempted to smoke. This means avoid the smoking areas of restaurants and bars, no going to tobacco stores, and certainly clearing the cigarettes out of your home. If you can find someone to help you quit who is interested in quitting themselves you will have a huge advantage. While not everyone does great with the buddy system, it is a great tool to use because you can hold each other accountable.
This level of accountability can be quite helpful in ensuring that you are really working to quit for good. So many people work to quit smoking and only end up starting up again once the going gets tough. A friend who is also trying to quit can serve as a fabulous way to really avoid the temptation since neither of you will want to slip up first. Use this to your advantage and watch your success grow while your health improves and cigarettes become a thing of the past.
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