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.
For the remainder of this thread I am going to be talking about how we can use and develop our attitude to assist us as we travel our journey to get from Point A.....Actively feeding our addiction.....To Point B.....Being a comfortable x-smoker in control of our addiction.
Or Whether You Believe You Can't,
You Are Absolutely Right Either Way You Think"
First of all, make the decision to quit! Set a quit date. Remember, procrastination has been the destroyer of many dreams and goals.
From the moment you make that decision, begin to look forward to your quit day with excitement along with the attitude you can do it. Focus your energy and thoughts on the positive benefits you will receive after you cease all use of nicotine and cigarettes. Visualize your self as being healthier, happier, less stressed, having lower blood pressure, smelling better than an ashtray or just be accepted by society in a more acceptable light. The benefits are many. Make a list of all the reason and benefits you hope to accomplish. Do not focus on thoughts that emphasize your quit is going to be difficult, even if you have quit in the past and failed. Refrain from visualizing yourself banging your head on the wall or floor as you deal with withdrawal symptoms. Do not picture yourself being chained to a wall in a spare room or basement. Look at the positive side. Remember the old saying, every cloud has a silver lining. Always find somthing good and beneficial to focus on.
As your quit day approaches, begin to intensify the images you are placeing in your mind. Visualize yourself as a comfortable x-smoker. See yourself doing activities and enjoying them in places where you cannot smoke. Imagine doing physical activities much better than you have in a long time due to your enhanced breathing capabilities since you've quit. Daydream about getting together with family or friends and not having to go outside to feed your addiction. See yourself as a very proud and accomplished x-smoker. See yourself with brighter and cleaner looking teeth and clearer and cleaner skin. However your life is now, reinforce your thoughts how much better it will be in just a short period of time. Remind yourself frequently how excited you are being so close to the day you finally take control of your life back from your addiction. Do this visualization process each day and the last thing you think about before you fall asleep at night.
Your quit day is here. You are excited but apprehensive at the same time. Just keep telling yourself you can do this and are very excited about the rewards to follow. After waking, get up and take a nice long hot shower and get dressed. You will realize your life is different. The routine has changed. Frequently remind yourself it is for the better. You will think about having cigarettes. It is natural thought process as they have been a part of you for so long. Just part your lips and make a big smile and keep moving on. Try that right now. Smile as big as you can. Did that make you feel better and possibly laugh a bit? It should have. Remember that as a smile can be very good healing therapy. Time will pass and soon a half a day is gone. You have survived on excitement, adrenalin and determination.
If your symptoms of withdrawal are more intense than the one I describe above or they begin to come at you in waves as they do at times for some people. Don't panic. Try to relax and deal with it. Remember they don't last forever. If you do find them difficult to deal with it's because your negative side, junkie mind, has already began to analyze this withdrawal thing in depth. Yes, your own worst enemy, your junkie mind panics and begins to place survival thoughts in your mind. It begins to see the grand illusion of the perfect smoke. Just one to tide you over. You can actually feel the smoke laden nicotine enter your mouth, throat, lungs, and finally the 4000 plus deadly chemicals are being distributed throughout your every cell and organ. You begin to vividly imagine the relaxation. It is time to wake up!
I don't need to smoke to feel alive.
healing from years of substance abuse.
want to administer this drug to my system anymore.
symptoms during my temporary adjustment period.
ones who traveled this journey before me.
I have faith in that.
Before you finally let your conscious lights go out and give way to your subconscious, understand it is imperative to reinforce the process again by placing the images of yourself as a comfortable x-smoker in your mind again. See yourself as you want to be. Repeat the imagery you have been doing each day prior. Visualize yourself as a successful x-smoker in control. Proclaim to yourself vocally how you are looking forward to tomorrow so you can defeat your addiction one more day no matter what it throws your way. Utter the following proclamation,
Tomorrow, I Will Deal With Tomorrow."
You might ask the question, will my attitude help my symptoms of withdrawal be lessened? Probably not. Although I do believe it will make it easier for you to accept them and move on sooner. Can you successfully quit with out all of the attitude stuff? Sure you can. However, I will go on to say, I believe the time it takes for you to find the comfort you seek and accept your new life as an x-smoker, without needing the crutch of nicotine and cigarettes, will happen sooner with a positive attitude and approach to your quit, rather than waiting for your attitude to adjust with time. 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.
One Day At A Time, You Can If You Think You Can