How to Quit Smoking in 3 Quick

It’s true…

Knowing how to quit smoking doesn’t have to be this long, expensive and miserable experience most smokers have come to accept. In fact, just the opposite is true. Before we begin however, we must understand a little about human psychology. Specifically, how we deal with the twin emotional forces that drive our lives – pain and pleasure.

Here’s how it works. Everything we do (or don’t do) is in response to our desire to avoid pain or our desire to gain pleasure. Pain pushes us away from something and pleasure pulls us toward something. Pain is the more powerful of the two. Therefore, we will do far more to avoid pain than we ever will to gain pleasure. And learning to master these emotions, is the secret to quitting smoking.

Here’s How This Applies To Quitting Smoking

Smokers that try to quit and fail tend to rationalize not quitting with excuses like “I’m going to gain weight”, “I’ll be in such a bad mood” or “I’ve tried before and it didn’t work, so why bother?” (pain). They focus on the emotional struggles they’ll have to endure as they try to quit. Whatever the excuse, no matter how big, small, real or imagined, it’s usually just enough reason to give up – and so they do.

Those that succeed however, associate more pain with NOT quitting than with quitting. They can’t bear the idea of continuing to be a smoker. They’re sick and tired of everything negative associated with being a smoker – the smells, poor health, wasted money, etc. etc. etc. Plus, smokers that succeed concentrate their focus on the benefits (pleasure) they’re going receive as a result of becoming a non-smoker.

So, the question is: How do we effectively put these powerful forces to work for us instead of against us so that we quit smoking quickly, easily and permanently? Here’s the answer – step by step.

Step #1 – Grab a pen. On a simple sheet of paper begin writing everything down that you can’t stand about being a smoker. Is it the money you keep throwing away? How about your health or the health of those around you that you truly care about? Maybe you’re sick of the smell that gets into everything? Whatever it is, write it down. Don’t just think about it. Write it down. Writing crystallizes thought and makes it more real than just thinking about it.

And the key to this entire process is to get emotional. It’s our emotions that drive us. So, put your heart into it. This is your life we’re talking about here. This isn’t a game!

Step #2 – On a separate sheet paper, write down everything you’re going to GAIN as a result of quitting smoking. What’s it going to mean to you? Will you have more money in your pocket you can spend on the things you really want? How about less worrying about your health or smoking around your kids? Perhaps it’s having a better-smelling house, car or clothes. Whatever it is that moves you, write it down.

And again, get emotional – REAL emotional.

Now, go make copies and post them wherever they’ll be in front of you – your fridge, your bathroom mirror, your car – keep a copy in your pocket or purse at all times. Wrap a copy around your cigarettes! Make it so you couldn’t forget about quitting even if you wanted to. Look at your lists constantly. And when you do, focus on the emotions you experienced as you made your lists.

And the final step is…(And this is the BIG one!)

Step #3 – Start living your life immediately as if you’ve ALREADY quit smoking. Don’t think, “Some day I’m going to quit”, because you’ll never quit. Consider yourself a non-smoker today! However you see yourself, that’s how you will be.

Then, take some sort of positive action that you see yourself as a non-smoker taking. It could be going for a daily 30 minute walk, starting a healthy diet, or even start making plans for all the extra money you’ll have. And as you do this, don’t look for motivation to move you. Just take action. Action creates motivation. Motivation seldom creates action. Action will literally reinforce your belief that you’ve already quit smoking and drive you, effortlessly, towards taking more positive actions.

So there you have it my friend. You now have the secret that most smokers will never know about quitting. And the best part is, everything you need is already in you.

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