If you’ve been smoking for a while, you know that the very best thing to do for your health would be to quit smoking, but you’re afraid of trying. Your reasoning goes something like that: “As long as I don’t try, I could succeed, but if I do, I might fail”. You’re afraid to put your cards on the table with yourself, and to do what is right for you, for fear of failing.
The thing is that failing is perfectly acceptable. Not trying isn’t. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it wasn’t build by people with no skill. To succeed at quitting smoking, you must give yourself the right tools.
The Right Mental State – You have to convince yourself that quitting smoking is the right thing to do for you, and is in your best self-interest. Whether you do it to save money, to live longer, to have better breath, whatever it is, it has to be in YOUR BEST INTEREST.
The Right Mind Tools – Your mind tools are intimately related to your mental state. Whenever you have a craving or would kill for a cigarette, but yourself in a mental state, using your mind tools, that remind you exactly why you are in the situation you’re in.
The Right Support Group – Your support group are the people around you that love you and want you to succeed at quitting smoking. Ideally, having some ex-smokers in your group could be helpful as they could walk you through the rougher patches.
The Right Environment – Quitting smoking will be more difficult if you place yourself in physical environments where cigarettes and their noxious smell are very present. Make your own living area free of all things tobacco-related – ashtrays, lighters, et cetera, and of course, cigarettes.
Quitting smoking can be as easy, or as difficult as you want it to be. I’m willing to bet that you’d like it to be easy, so make the necessary choices to make this happen. Make the Right Choices and quitting smoking will be a relatively quick, relatively painless experience.