Quitting With A Positive Attitude

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26 Nov 2006, 00:06 #31

From Roger's original post above:
I don't need nicotine too keep on living. I don't need to smoke to feel alive.
What I am feeling is my body and mind healing from years of substance abuse.
This is a temporary feeling and will pass.
I can and will live without nicotine.
I do not need this drug to survive nor do I want to administer this drug to my system anymore.
I am happy I quit despite how I feel at the present.
The benefits from quitting far outweigh the symptoms during my temporary adjustment period.
This will get much better as promised by the ones who traveled this journey before me. I have faith in that.
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08 Dec 2006, 04:47 #32

There comes a time in every nicotine dependency recovery experience where we have to decide it is time to quit quitting and start looking ahead to living as a person finally free of their dependency.


If you are struggling with physical or psychological withdrawal or having difficulties putting your quit and new life into the proper perspective, the art of practicing positive affirmations daily can help you to turn that around. As your attitude develops, you find comfort and develop more confidence in yourself, allowing you to believe, you will have the ability to remain quit and never take another puff.
"Change How You Think And You Can Change Your Life"
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22 Dec 2006, 20:18 #33

In closing Roger wrote:

Here is another a very good point to consider for those of you already working on a quit. If you are struggling with physical or psychological withdrawal or having difficulties putting your quit and new life into the proper perspective, the art of practicing positive affirmations daily can help you to turn that around. As your attitude develops, you find comfort and develop more confidence in yourself, allowing you to believe, you will have the ability to remain quit and never take another puff.
"Change How You Think And You Can Change Your Life"
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01 Jan 2007, 07:45 #34

To Commemorate Roger's Fifth Gold.
Thanks Roger!
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04 Feb 2007, 13:01 #35

From: Roger (Gold) (Original Message) Sent: 1/12/2003 1:54 AM
"There Is Nothing Either Good Or Bad, Hard Or Easy,
It's How We Choose To Think That Makes It So"
~William Shakespeare~
When you read the above quote, think about the first thought that came to your mind. Was it one that made a contradictive statement or one that opened up your mind for potential provocative thinking and acceptance of this universal law?
Throughout history it has been universally understood how we picture things that we like or dislike or how we perceive ourselves handling them, is most likely how they will turn out. Why do you suppose that is? Most experts would suggest we have already predetermined that within our subconscious mind by our fears and trepidations. By entering a preconceived thought in our subconscious, we unknowingly set the tone or program our subconscious as to how a particular task is handled by us. There are many things we cannot change the end result of. We can however control our actions and reactions, leading to a more pleasant or difficult result based on our attitude and perception as to how we handle the task.
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17 Aug 2007, 19:42 #36

There comes a time in every nicotine dependency recovery experience where we have to decide it is time to quit quitting and start looking ahead to living as a person finally free of their dependency.


If you are struggling with physical or psychological withdrawal or having difficulties putting your quit and new life into the proper perspective, the art of practicing positive affirmations daily can help you to turn that around. As your attitude develops, you find comfort and develop more confidence in yourself, allowing you to believe, you will have the ability to remain quit and never take another puff.
"Change How You Think And You Can Change Your Life"
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02 Sep 2007, 13:52 #37

You're not giving up nicotine, you're getting rid of it.......
Don't say good bye to nicotine but say good riddance to it instead ......
Think of nicotine cessation as an impossibly high mountain to climb......and it may well become one.
Use the incredible power of the human brain to give positive shape and form to your psychological reconditioning.
Think of it as a homecoming and a liberation and it will be just that.
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16 Nov 2007, 13:26 #38

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing,
you're right."
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises,
is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."
"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. "
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. "
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. "
~Henry Ford~
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01 Jan 2008, 05:18 #39

Congratulatons on Six
&
thanks again Roger!
(so....was it the 31st or the 1st that you put down that honey dipping shovel? Good decision no doubt. )
YQb - Joe J
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28 Jun 2008, 13:25 #40

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing,
you're right."

"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises,
is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
"

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
"

"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
"
Focus on Quitting for One hour at a time


All of the above phrases in black are quotes of
~Henry Ford~
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29 Sep 2008, 07:29 #41

"Weather You Believe You Can Do A Particular Task, Or Weather You Believe You Can't, You Are Absolutely Right Either Way You Think"
~Henry Ford~
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. "
Focus on Quitting for One hour at a time

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08 Nov 2008, 05:55 #42

From above:

From: Joel. Sent: 1/12/2003 5:07 PM
Hello Roger:

I actually have an attitude quote I sometimes use in clinics. It is that if you quit with a lousy attitude you are pretty much assured to have a lousy time when first quitting.

If on the other hand you quit with a good attitude, well, you may still have a lousy time in the beginning, but at least you will have a good attitude about it.

As you may have guessed, this insight doesn't help a whole lot in the first few days. But it usually gets a chuckle. The more important advice on this issue is the string Acknowledge the negative--but dwell on the positive. Thanks for your sharing of insights here.

Joel
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28 Aug 2009, 19:17 #43

Excellent reading for me today - thank you!
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28 Aug 2009, 19:42 #44

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right."
"I can't quit" ... or ... "I won't quit"?

"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises,
is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."

"Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
"
"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. "
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. "


All of the above phrases in black are quotes of
~Henry Ford~
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29 Aug 2009, 00:17 #45

I have read these links here before but I am so glad to see them again. Being an ex-smoker is such a wonderful journey privileged to read these sites and respond to them.
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06 Oct 2010, 12:05 #46

Copying one of Roger's previous posts:

As a long time active nicotine addict of over 35 years, I initially did not see my quitting process as a positive experience. Based on all my previous failures trying to gain control over my addcition, I would automatically conjure up, within my mind, all the negative images stored there from previous quit attempts. After each failure, I feared them more and more. They appeared to grow in size and just kept getting larger. Those fears coupled with negative thoughts and images had more control over me than my addiction to nicotine did. The reason for this is very simple. I failed to,
When I reached the 24 hour mark without any nicotine entering my body for the first time in over 35 years, I finally was able to see beyond the dark cloud of addiction that wrapped my brain for so long. I caught a fleeting glimpse of a silver lining that resided beyond active addiction. It was then I understood my journey for what it really was. A positive outcome for a negative situation.
If your thoughts are mostly negative regarding what and how you feel, you can turn the tables on them by developing a positive outlook towards your quit. Change the way you think and you will change your life.
This can be done the same way you quit.
One Day At A Time.
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11 Oct 2010, 17:24 #47

Greetings,
 I read the posts from 2003 to now in 2010. It is a timeless story and I appreciate it as I do the many others. A few thoughts.... I went through a lot of emotional growth the past year. When I quit smoking I also learned that REAL emotions and facing them was my biggest lesson yet to be learned. I did not know at the time but the reward was as huge as the physical rewards of being an ex. I had to adjust my attitude hourly at times and learning to do so has brought me to a me that I really like. Just as you "un-learn" a user's habits, you can replace them with positive thoughts and actions. Do not underestimate the value of incorporating this into your new life as an ex.

  If I was not dwelling in this skin I would not recognize myself. There seems to be a recognizable likeness, from somewhere long ago but still better, happier and more in control than the me I have known in decades. Things that were dark, deceiving and controlling seem to have been extracted from my inner self and the basic truths left in their place. These truths are few but prominent, clear and comforting placed squarely in the center of my being. These truths consist of the following:
~Life's journey-I have no place to hide nor do I want to. I do not fear it and can readily adjust to whatever it brings me with grace and without a drug. (FFN taught me to live without a crutch or addiction)
~Health-I must face whatever disease I may encounter as everyone else before me has. I choose what I fuel and pollute my body with. I can choose good everytime, I control my body, it does not control me. (FFN taught me to accept what I cannot change and to VALUE my health even more, for me, my family and in honor of those who lost their fight)
~Love - it is the greatest gift and I have the power to give it to anyone I choose. Sometimes it saves others. And it is felt most when being given, not received. (FFN shows love for the addicted by being here, supporting us and showing us how to give back)
~Knowledge - I know that the important things in life cannot be bought, they must be felt, given, lived, shared and cherished. (FFN has given me the keys to living my life the way it was intended and probably  a lot more of it!)
  These are the things that drive me. Not an addiction. Not a habit, not a lie. You see, attitude is integral to recovery and healing, choose yours and watch it grow....
Thank you freedom folks for helping me get here.
Terri
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