How to Quit Smoking FOREVER

by Ryan Bellows

smokingTo quit smoking takes commitment, and this commitment requires our full attention.

Deciding to quit and then expecting it to just take care of itself is both a failing mindset and simply not enough to succeed long-term. To quit smoking takes a long-term process.

But it’s absolutely worth it.

Smoking is an underestimated drug addiction that isn’t taken seriously enough by those that would like to quit.

Although smoking is an addiction, it’s important to realize that you are not an addict. You are simply a human being who has become dependent on something – in this case: smoking.

It’s a personal belief of mine that most smokers would like to successfully quit forever and than never have to go back to the pain and suffering our addiction to smoking causes ourselves.

Life is 90% mental, 10% physical. If you want to quit smoking, you will need the proper mindset. This is it:

“My life is serious business. I promise to do whatever it takes to finally put an end to this nasty addiction.”

Quitting smoking is the easy part: you simply just never put another smoke into your mouth. Ever.

Are you someone who wants to quit? Have you been thinking about quitting for some time? Have you tried before and didn’t succeed? If you are any of these scenarios I highly recommend you make the commitment to quit! Make the decision right now to never put another smoke into your mouth again. You owe it to yourself and your future.

I know you’re reading this shaking, I know you’re scared. The mere thought of a life without smokes terrifies you. But let me ask you this: If smoking supposedly brings you pleasure and less stress, then why are you not happy about your decision to smoke? (The feeling of regret and displeasure every time you smoke – even though you want to quit – is stressful! Smoking does not alleviate stress like we think it does.)

Being able to successfully quit smoking forever has to do with the way you look, feel and think about smoking. It’s a matter of getting out of your own way. Making yourself aware of the toxic thoughts that have kept you addicted to smoking will assist to reprogram yourself with a positive mindset. Your mindset is what will help you succeed long-term.

The good news is that quitting smoking has no negative consequences. Once you understand the toxic thoughts behind your addiction, you’re well on your way to long-term success. Finally beating the nasty addiction to smoking once and for all is both a very exciting and rewarding experience.

To quit smoking is to make an investment into your future…

… You can never go wrong investing in yourself.

Living a healthier and happier life filled with more confidence and success is accessible to you. You just have to make the commitment to get this area of your life handled, right now. Not tomorrow, next month or next year. Now!

A Common Mistake

my divine selfA mistake we make when deciding to quit is that we make the decision while doubting whether we will actually succeed or not. We make the decision to quit and get excited, but then that little voice in our head pops up and says, “You’re just going to end up smoking again anyway.” It’s time to get rid of this voice and move on with your life.

The only time you should ever wait is well, never! If quitting smoking is serious enough to you, which it should be – your life is the one thing you should absolutely take seriously after all – you need to make it the number 1 concern and priority in your life.

It’s important to realize that smoking is a problem that was caused by you, and can only be fixed by you. No pill, patch, potion or lotion is ever going to provide long-term results for your addiction to smoking. This is your problem. You have to be the one to fix it.

All nicotine replacement therapy products are created by billion dollar corporations that know how to create profits. Their multi-million dollar ad campaigns are designed to elicit negative emotions, causing more stress, anxiety and fear in you, the consumer. They design their campaigns to make you believe that you need their product to quit. They lead you on to believe that you most likely will not be able to quit without their product. They do this being fully aware of the fact that you will most likely fail (95% do), blame yourself and then continue to use their products, creating more revenue for them.

Listen, I am here to tell you all you need to quit is yourself and the right information. Yes, it is that simple. The more difficult you make it out to be, the more difficult it will be.

Whenever you first started smoking, it was you that made the choice to start and no one else.

Remember that first smoke you had? I sure do. It was the most disgusting thing I had ever experienced. I bet it was for you too. I wasn’t sure why anyone would want to participate in smoking. After 15 years of smoking off and on, 4 of which were continuous, I never did find out why I would actually want to smoke.

It’s important to remember that you hardly notice smokes when you aren’t thinking about them. Think about that for a minute.

When you are super busy, on the phone or engaged in something with all your focus, does smoking ever cross your mind? No. It’s only when we stop, get a bit bored, want a break, or lose focus that we actually want to smoke.

It’s also a personal belief of mine that it’s actually the emotion that you get addicted to that smoking provides. (I call this action “be-motions” – when a behavior elicits emotions.)

When you had your first smoke, it was to create a feeling (emotion) of identity and acceptance amongst your peers. This is why it’s so hard to quit smoking without re-programming your mind and the beliefs you have around yourself and smoking.

By looking for ourselves through smoking, we end up losing ourselves in the process, becoming disconnected from our true nature.

It’s important to know that as a smoker you don’t actually need nicotine to survive and function normally. Regardless of what you’ve told yourself over the years. If the human body needed nicotine to survive I am sure these complex bodies we live in would have came pre-wired with it ready to go in our systems from birth. So cut the bullshit excuses you are using as to why you need to smoke. You don’t. Not one person needed to smoke before they started.

Remember all the reasons you tell yourself you need to smoke are just the excuses as to why you can’t stop. Time to get rid of the excuses.

What About Withdrawals?

focusIt is true that you will go through minor withdrawals once you stop. Duh! Smokes contain upwards of 4000+ chemicals that get put into your body. Naturally when you stop you’re going to experience a detox like feeling.

It’s important to stay focused and not smoke during these withdrawal-type experiences. You’ll be fine. You’re not going to die, so just smile and continue on with your day. Stay strong. Just keep repeating to yourself, “I am a happy and healthy non-smoker.”

Physical withdrawal is no more painful than a minor sickness. Nothing more, nothing less, and certainly something you can handle. Just think of it as your body cleaning out all the toxic chemicals that you tortured it with.

Research suggests nicotine is completely gone from your body anywhere between 24-72 hours depending on the person, your bodies absorbency rate and how long you’ve been smoking for. Any physical symptom you believe has been caused by you quitting should be viewed as a sign of actual damage you were causing to your body.

When you feel the so called withdrawal, re-frame it in your mind as, “My body is now getting healthier.”

Don’t worry about the physical symptoms too much. The complex human bodies we reside within are very capable of taking care of themselves…

… When you take care of it that is.

It’s the mental withdrawal that requires much of your focus and attention.

Everything that happens inside of your mind is what creates the cravings and desires you associate with smoking. When the craving and desire is not satisfied, your mind will begin to make up ridiculous stories to encourage you to go back and satisfy your cravings and desires.

The withdrawal symptoms you experience are products of certain states of mind. These states will either cause you a lot of grief or provide you with a positive feeling of relief. The choice is always yours. What you focus on will always expand, so it’s important to pay attention to what you’re paying attention too.

It would be wrong to say that nicotine doesn’t have an affect on the body. It does. However, it’s the mindsets you take that will predict the success of those affects have on you. It’s essential to internalize this if you are serious about quitting this addiction forever.

The Good News

Your body will adapt and change to one of a non-smoker very quickly. In fact after only 48 hours your chances of having a heart attack go down. Within 6 months your coughing, shortness of breath, stuffy nose and tiredness will improve. In as little as a few years your chances of getting a smoking related cancer is severely reduced.

But only if you quit smoking now!

If you keep smoking it will only get worse over time.

As a non-smoker your body will only continue to improve over time. You will experience an increase in energy, stamina and strength, especially if you already exercise regularly.

If you do not perform regular exercise, I highly recommend incorporating it into your weekly routine. It doesn’t have to be anything outrageous, just as long as you are getting active 2-3 times a week. Walking or a light jog for 10-15 minutes should suffice. The results are rewarding. They will make you happy. It feels good to feel good. Best of all, it will actually assist you in your ability to remain a non-smoker.

To Finally Succeed

cliff jumpingTo take absolute control of this addiction you will have to put 100% effort into the way you approach and think about it. No half efforts. A full commitment only.

Where have the half efforts gotten you before? Exactly.

No one is going to take control of the situation for you. It will require some hard work and honesty. This is where a personal coach can be extremely helpful as they will keep you on track and hold you accountable, re-programming your mind whenever you slip up.

An addiction like smoking is present because you’ve been hiding behind it. Over the years this has led to certain beliefs that you have formed both about yourself and of smoking. None of these are true! But we like to think they are, and this is why it’s feels impossible to breakthrough.

I believe the most important part to a full cure and actually being able to stay a non-smoker once and for all is to look within yourself for the truth about how you feel, view and talk about yourself within the world. Your world that is. The only world that matters.

If you are committed to living a better smoke-free life, you must be willing to ask yourself the hard questions and put in the work. You have to hustle. If you take this type of mentality into your journey to become a non-smoker, you will succeed.

I am ready to guarantee that you will succeed and in no time be living a rewarding smoke-free lifestyle. This is a very big deal and one that you will be able to feel a very strong sense of accomplishment about.

Get excited about it!

You won’t have to be trapped to the nasty addiction of smoking anymore.

The best part is that once you do quit and experience all the benefits – both mentally and physically – of being a non-smoker you will feel a massive sense of accomplishment. This feeling is rewarding and will have a profound effect in all areas of your life.

I’m not going to lie, it’s going to be both easy and hard, fun and rewarding.

I have no doubt you will be able to succeed.

Never ever give up.

Nothing predicts success like failure.

Nobody said it would be easy, but everybody said it would be worth it.

About Ryan Bellows
Ryan Bellows is a selfless, strong, ambitious visionary who is thirsty for knowledge, experience and growth. He believes that mistakes happen so we can learn important, life-changing lessons and that you should wake up every morning allowing that day to be the day that changes your life forever. He plans to create lasting change in peoples lives by inspiring growth through wisdom and leadership.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Karim Saleh September 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Ryan!

Great article bro! I love it through and through. Congrats on kicking the worst habit that anyone can ever have. In medical school we learn that, by and large, smoking is the SINGLE worst activity anyone can engage in. It actually causes EVERYTHING.

I also believe that if you got yourself in it, you can get yourself out of it. That said, if someone needs help quitting I would support someone using whatever patch or pill they can get their hands on to give them a hand. Fortunately, you are young and smoking hasn’t ruined your life. There are people who I see everyday who are in their 40s,50s,60s (most don’t reach their 70s) who’s lungs have been destroyed by smoking. They can’t breathe, their chest is hyperinflated, they require oxygen at home just so they don’t go into respiratory failure. They will likely die from an infection or consequences from heart disease due to smoking.

I believe its important to try it on your own and I also believe it is possible to quit on your own. But, for some people quitting is more urgent than others. Let’s hope this article catches people before they get to that point 🙂

Interestingly, studies have shown that most people don’t kick an addiction the first time they try. Many people it takes four or five times to kick the habit. Even if people fail, it doesn’t need to be looked at as failure but being one step closer to quitting 🙂 Reframing reality is key, especially when replacing misconceptions with truth.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom Ryan and for keeping your dollars away from destructive Tobacco companies. 😉

Ryan September 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Karim – Thanks for the comments man – Yes if people can quit with NRT then all the power to them. However I believe it takes away from the person’s true ability. Disempowering what they are actually capable of on their own.

Another issue that I see with NRT is that it feeds the nicotine to a person at such a slow rate and minimal amount. I believe this is why the products have such a high failure rate.
Nicotine when consumed through a smoke gets shot quickly to the brain. So it’s actually the “buzz” most smokers get addicted too. NRT doesn’t meet the “nicotine needs” so the smoker is inclined to start smoking again, seeking that “buzz” type feeling.
I know for me this is why I actually preferred to smoke less than most, The “buzz” always had more of an effect that I could feel.

Love the energy in the comment —-

Cheers

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