Apparently, only 5% of people who try to quit smoking end up succeeding.
That’s an awful statistic that doesn’t give anyone who’s thinking about quitting much hope. In fact, why even try, as there’s only a very slim chance you’ll manage to stay quit.
In a society where we’re already conditioned to be averse to failure, such a statistic just encourages smokers not to even give smoking cessation a fair chance.
After all, what’s the point of going through all the cravings and withdrawal symptoms, only to be humiliated when you end up failing dismally? Since more than 9 out of 10 people can’t manage to give up this habit that you love so much, what chance is there for you?
Isn’t easier just to say that you won’t be able to do it? At least you won’t have to actually fail, as you didn’t give it a shot in the first place.
Or, if you can’t face hurting your ego at all, you can use the classic smokers’ response that you love smoking, and you want to remain a smoker for the rest of your life, regardless of the consequences. Hence, you don’t need to try giving up, and you certainly won’t fail at it.
There are countless reasons that you can come up with to justify why you want to keep on smoking, or why you won’t even attempt to stop. If you don’t want to quit, you don’t have to. Many smokers who have critical illnesses caused by smoking continue to smoke until their final days. It’s your choice.
However, if you truly want to give up, you should be aware of the facts and be mentally prepared to succeed. Unfortunately, a lot of smokers who try to quit have the wrong mindset. All too often, they are prepared to fail, and have a defeatist attitude that allows them to light up a cigarette whenever the going gets tough.
It’s probably safe to say that most smokers who try quitting do not really want to stop permanently or are not determined enough to give up the habit for good. This is why over 90% of them fail.
If you have the will, there will be a way. But, you need both to quit successfully – determination and a solid strategy.
Smokers who fail at giving up are normally doing it for the wrong reasons or they don’t have an effective cessation plan. If you’re quitting because your girlfriend told you to, or you think that a nicotine patch is all it takes to change a decade old habit, you’ll probably be unsuccessful.
You have to really want to quit smoking, and be doing it for the right reasons to be able to do it.
There’s just no way you’ll succeed if you’re half-hearted about it and don’t give it a full one hundred percent commitment.
You need to have a well thought-out list of personalized reasons to quit that serves as a solid foundation to drive the motivation and determination required to completely give up forever.
You should be doing it for yourself, not because you’re told to, or because a loved one asks or forces you to. You shouldn’t be resentful about quitting, of feel that you’re doing it against your will.
All this goes back to your reasons to quit and how they must be uniquely rationalized to resonate with your inner self and elements in your life.
In other words, don’t quit because you might get oral cancer (which you’re not worried about since you’re the type of person who’s willing to take the risk), quit because smoking is causing your gums to recede and bleed, and you’re terrified of the pain you need to go through in the dentist’s chair, or can’t live with losing your teeth as your obsessed with looking good.
Don’t quit because smoking may kill you (if you’re not worried about dying), quit because you can’t stand the thought of loosing your hair from chemotherapy and getting wasted away by cancer as you suffer excruciating pain in the years before you die.
Don’t quit because your parents constantly nag you not to smoke (after all, what do they know, right?), quit because smoking is not cool anymore, it makes your breath stink and girls don’t like it.
Don’t quit because smoking may give you heart problems or lung diseases (if you feel you’re a lucky one who won’t be affected by it), quit because you’re out of breath quicker than your overweight and inferior sports opponent who keeps beating you only because they don’t smoke.
Don’t quit because your spouse wants you to (and you can find a million reasons to fend them off), quit because what matters most to you is to be the perfect parent who sets a good example for your kids, and smoking is the one black mark in your otherwise perfect scorecard, that undoes and cancels out all your positive efforts.
Don’t quit because it will save you money (which you’ve got lots of anyway since you’re in a high paying job), quit because you’ll gain the respect of your boss who hates the filthy habit, and stand a better chance of getting the career advancement you desperately want.
And the list could go on and on, but you’ve probably got the point already. There are real reasons to quit, and they are the ones you need to identify before embarking on the journey to kick the habit. These are the reasons that will keep you strong and enable you to fight off the addiction.
If you’re truly honest with yourself, you’ll be able to find plenty of excellent reasons how your life, health and relationships will improve once you give up.
Depending on your character, you may find it more effective to focus on the positive or negative elements of quitting smoking. When you reflect on them, you’ll know which one makes a bigger impact. Note it down and prioritize it accordingly in your list of reasons to quit.
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