Nov 01

Quit Smoking if you want to…

Have you made up your mind? Are you absolutely sure you want to quit? Are you willing to put as much effort into quitting as you currently do to continue smoking?

Most people would probably answer those three questions with “Yes!” – “Yes!” – and “Umm, I don’t know.”

I started smoking when I was 8. I have quit smoking, for over a year, at least 5 times. I have tried to quit smoking dozens of times. The last time I quit will be the last time I quit. I will never ever ever ever inhale cigarette smoke on purpose again!

I have enough experience in both quitting and failing to quit that I feel like I can speak half-way intelligently on the subject. Read on and see if you agree.

Quitting smoking seems to be one of the hardest things to do for some people. We try and try and still can’t do it. However, If you can change your three answers to “Yes, Yes, and Yes” I can almost guarantee that you will be able to quit.

Let’s look at how much life you spend on smoking. Yes, I said you’re spending “Life” on it. I know the doctors all say that your life is shortened with every cigarette you smoke, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m using the word Life to be all the things that you would otherwise be using for other things in your life. So, if you spend your life at work, that means you work all the time. If you spend your life raising kids, then that’s where your time, effort, and money get spent more than anything else. So… How much Life do you spend on smoking?

Let’s make some assumptions to begin with. These won’t match your actual life expenses, but they’re a good place to measure from. Let’s say you smoke 5 cigarettes a day, You buy generic cigarettes in the carton at $1.60/pack (8¢/cigarette). It takes about 5 minutes to smoke one cigarette.

So, roughly, you’re spending about 40¢ a day and 25 minutes of your time smoking. If you have to go out side to smoke, maybe that’s another 5 minutes to get there and back. So, just in terms of time, you’re spending maybe 50 minutes a day smoking.

Now, what I want to convince you of here is that you can quit if you want to. You have all the tools at your disposal to put the cigarettes down today and never pick them up again. But first agree to the following statement. Would you agree that smoking is no more or less mentally or physically challenging than speaking? Did you answer “Yes?” I hope so because I’ve been a smoker for a long time, and I’ve been speaking for a long time and I’m pretty sure they’re just about the same for most people. We do both of them almost mindlessly and with little or no physical effort. If you can agree to that then we can get to the meat and the potatoes.

What do you have to do in order to put down the cigarettes and never ever pick them up again? First, you have to have made up your mind that you want to quit. Have you made up your mind? Second, you have to be absolutely sure you want to quit. Are you absolutely sure? Thirdly, and most importantly, you have to repeat the following phrase to yourself for times equal to as long as you would have otherwise spent smoking, in the example above, approximately 50 minutes. This works! This works because your mind is extremely powerful and when you speak, you are taking control of both your conscious and your subconscious mind. Let’s test that.

Think to yourself, “I am not a smoker!” 10 times per minute for 5 minutes. … When you’re done, keep reading.

Now, do you feel like a non-smoker yet? No? Well, chances are you are closer to being a non-smoker than you were before you thought that phrase, but nevertheless, Say aloud, one time, with enthusiasm, “I AM NOT A SMOKER!” … Say it. … Yes, I mean right now. Now, say it again. Say it a third time. By now you should feel a physical difference in your confidence and ability to put those smokes down and leave them alone. Speaking the words that you want to be true empowers your mind to make them true. Granted, you may only feel a small difference, but this isn’t something that will happen overnight. It’s going to happen over a period of several days. Maybe weeks, or months, or years. But, I guarantee you that if you put your words and your mind to work for you, and spend as much Life on it as you would the thing you want to quit, that you can do anything that you set your mind to do. Quitting cigarettes is not easy, but you can do it, and you will look back on it with confidence that you were able to do it all by yourself. Be persistent. Be diligent. Be faithful and true to yourself. You deserve the best in life and so don’t let yourself down by giving up after you begin. There will be challenges and you will want to quit, but you’re better than that. Once you’ve made up your mind, and you have, right? Once you’re absolutely sure, and you are right? Once you decide to put your effort into it, NOTHING can stop you.


By the way, if you practice this and you quit for a year, you’ll have saved $146… Treat yourself to something.


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  1. Kaedn

    Super informative witring; keep it up.

  2. Lavon

    Grade A stuff. I’m unqesutoinably in your debt.

  3. Janis Cavener

    Aloha dude! Nice resource! I really liked being here.

    1. Dan

      Thanks Janis.

      1. Jimmy

        Superb information here, ol’e chap; keep brunnig the midnight oil.

      2. Gracye

        You coldun’t pay me to ignore these posts!

    2. Patty

      Hot damn, lokoing pretty useful buddy.

    3. Latoya

      I’m shcekod that I found this info so easily.

  4. Josh Bulloc

    Especially this time of year I am glad I never picked up smoking. I see all of those sorry souls freezing outside trying to catch a smoke. In many places they have a little crappy shack that puts them away from everybody else.

    If you ever see me somewhere just sitting looking off at nothing special I am probably taking a non-smoke break.

    1. Hawk

      Thanks for spending time on the computer (writing) so otrhes don’t have to.

    2. Matei

      I could watch Scihndelr’s List and still be happy after reading this.

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