You already have all the information about the dangers of smoking cigarettes, yet why is it so tough to stop?
It certainly is not 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 an airplane with no 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 right kind of motivation.
Has the fear of a heart attack, emphysema, or lung cancer ever stopped you? No. The reason is that smoking kills nerve endings in your mouth, throat and lungs. You don’t smell or taste as much as you used to, right? Years go by, and that’s the way the harm is done. So since you are feeling no pain, knowing the negative consequences of smoking is not sufficient motivation. And since the majority of cigarettes you smoke are only out of habit, you don’t consider the dangers, even with the picture images on the cigarette package or dire warnings from your doctor.
Here is what I have found helps individuals be successful long-term: focusing on the positive instead of the negative… about what you want, rather than on what you don’t want. Hypnosis is a focusing and amplifying tool that may help you to do just that.
To put it differently, it is more useful to focus on”being a non-smoker”, rather than on”not smoking”. Try not to think about a pink elephant at the moment 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 many smokers, considering”not smoking” causes great anxiety!
And when is stopping something a positive? It sounds like failure.
After all, who wants to live with a dark cloud hanging over their head? Do you need to amplify more stress and worry in your life? That could cause a heart attack!
As soon as you have picked your day to become a non-smoker, reducing the amount you smoke daily as opposed to stopping”cold turkey” is paramount. It is going to be difficult and turn your world upside down.
The key here is to create experiences of delayed gratification rather than generating fear of anxiety which compels you to smoke more.
Slimming down to 2-3 cigarettes per day by smoking a brand you don’t like and altering your ritualistic smoking behaviors will make the transition much, much smoother. This is the principle behind nicotine replacement methods. Unfortunately for many, with nicotine replacement, you have not addressed the hand that still reaches for a cigarette from habit. It is not about chemicals; it’s about raising self-awareness, and you can not put self-awareness in a pill or patch.
Bear in mind, it’s going to be an experience that will motivate you to stop, one way or another. Either it will be an experience of bad news from the doctor (or worse) that forces your hands and is usually not so pleasant… or it will be an experience of delayed gratification, which is by far much more enabling. The decision is yours.