To stop smoking, smokers need some help. Self help is the most important, and that translates to this : Motivation.
Trying to quit and giving up, trying to quit again and giving up again doesn’t mean you can not get motivated. It’s not like it was an easy job. Sometimes we need to be shocked to get motivated, such as learning someone close just got a cancer. Other Times, you get a cold and it takes many days, if not weeks to recover from it, when you thought it was faster before. Repeatedly getting bronchitis and allergies make us thinking long and hard. Even so, if stopping smoking is not something we really want to undertake, then what are the chances well succeed ?
Here’s an exercise you can do. Open the notepad or another word editing software, or even get a sheet of paper. Minimize this article window and do it. This is not a complicated exercise, even though a very recommended one if you want a plan to stop smoking.
There are negative motivators and positive motivators. What are these motivators that are telling you it’s time to quit?
Make a list of the negative reasons first, the motivators that bother you, for example “People say smell of smoke is annoying”. Maybe they repeat how unhealthy it is to smoke, Or perhaps this is embarrassing to have to get out of your building at work or at home to smoke. Maybe you never seem to find your second wind. Whatever they are, list all your reasons.
When you’re done with the negative motivators, write your positive motivators. How does your non-smoker life looks like ?. Perhaps you want your spouse or children to be proud of you. Maybe you want to protect your family from second-degree smoke. You want to save your money for something worth, you want to be healthy and proud of yourself. Take a few minutes to make your own list. Take your list of fears you made and keep it with this new one.
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