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I'm Not Going to Smoke Today! { Re ~ Post }

From robfouryqr on 2/15/2005 1:54:54 PM

I'm Not Going to Smoke Today!

http://whyquit.com/joel/Joel_Index_03_Quitting_Smoking.html

During the quitting process, you most likely woke up
thinking of this concept, either with great determination
or incredible trepidation. Either way, it was imperative
that you aimed a high degree of focus at this lofty goal.
The incredible cravings elicited by the addiction required
that you had all the motivation and ammunition to squelch
the seemingly irresistible need to take a cigarette.
Whether or not you understood it, immediately reaffirming
your goal not to smoke upon waking was crucial during your
initial quitting phase.

The fact is, restating the simple concept of "not smoking
today" is not only important when you first quit. You
should restate this upon waking for the rest of your life.
Each day you should start with "I'm not going to smoke
today." Equally important, each day you should end
congratulating yourself and feeling a sense of pride and
accomplishment for achieving your worthwhile goal.

For even years and decades after successful cessation,
every day you continue to breathe and think a relapse to
smoking is an inherent risk. The addiction to nicotine is
as powerful as the addiction to alcohol or any illicit
drug. The habituation of smoking nicotine permeated almost
every area of your day-to-day existence. You may allow
complacency to fill the void left by your old addiction and
habits by disregarding the monumental effort and
achievement which accompanied overcoming them. Complacency
causes your guard to drop and you may begin to forget the
reasons you wanted to quit. You will no longer recognize
the many vast improvements in the quality of your physical,
social and economic well being which accompanied smoking
cessation.

Then, one day when smoking seemed to be a part of an
obscure past which had no real relevance to your current
status, a thought for a cigarette is accompanied by an
opportunity to "innocently" reach for one. Maybe it is
under an insignificant social circumstance, or maybe a
major life crisis. Either way, all the elements seem to be
in place. Motive, cause and opportunity are present,
reasoning and knowledge of addiction are conspicuously
absent. A puff is taken.

New rules are now in place. Your body demands nicotine. A
preordained process is now set in motion, and, even if you
don't realize what has happened, a drug relapse has
occurred. The wants and desire to take back the action are
overpowered by the body's demand for nicotine. You will
have no control of the physiological process set in action.
Soon your mind bows to your body's dictates.

You will very likely feel great regret and remorse. An
overriding feeling of failure and guilt will haunt you. You
will soon find yourself longing for the days when you had
hardly thought of cigarettes at all. But those days will
slowly become a fading past image. Weeks, months or even
decades may pass before you once again muster the resolve
to attempt a serious quitting process. Sadly, you may never
again have the appropriate strength, initial motivation,
or, tragically, the opportunity to quit again. A terminal
diagnosis or sudden death may preclude the well-intentioned
future attempt that may never have a chance to be realized.

Don't take the chance of becoming entrapped in this kind of
tragic and dismal scenario. Actively strive to successfully
remain smoke free and maintain all the associated perks -
the physical, emotional, economic, professional and social
benefits of not being an active smoker. Always start your
day off with the statement "I won't smoke today." Always
end your day with a self-affirmation and sense of pride and
accomplishment for once again winning your daily battle
over your addiction. And always remember between your
waking up and the ending of your day to - NEVER TAKE
ANOTHER PUFF!


Rob
http://whatalongstrangetripitsbeen.blogspot.com/


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