Nicotine addiction is a powerful force, and it will stop at nothing to keep you smoking. It’ll tell you anything you need to hear, just as long as you continue to feed the addiction.
That’s all it cares about. That’s all it wants.
It doesn’t care what shape you’re in, or how old you are, it just needs more nicotine.
It doesn’t matter if you want to quit smoking 500%. You could throw away your cigarettes in anger and vow to never smoke again.
But you know what happens next?
You’ll even give it second thoughts.
What happens after a week and suddenly you have a stressful day at work?
“That everything will be better and the stress of work and life will melt away if you just smoke.”
“It’s only been a week, you can smoke right now and jump right back on that bandwagon, and nobody will notice.”
That’s exactly what happens, and it’s going to happen a lot.
When you’re at a party and you’ve made it a few weeks without smoking and you suddenly see a good friend who smokes, what thoughts do you think will enter your head?
You’ll try to be convinced to bum a cigarette off your buddy, or simply go outside with them when they do just to “hangout.”
“The party will be more fun and you can just “let loose for a night” if you smoke. It’s OK because you can just quit tomorrow.”
You need to be prepared for this type of situation, because it will catch you off guard.
When you’re faced with quitting, and all you see ahead is a full week of work, what happens?
Again, nicotine will lie to you.
It’ll tell you it’s impossible to get through the work week and not smoke. It’ll tell you you’ll be too stressed out to handle the day without smoking.
But that is a bunch of crap, because I managed to get through it and I was a very heavy smoker. It’s all one, big lie.
When a huge event occurs, like a death, or a wedding, or a promotion, or any major trigger, what do you think happens in your mind?
“Smoke to celebrate, smoke to cope with the loss, and smoke when you’re depressed.”
Any situation like this will be handled much better with a cigarette, right?
Finally, when things just aren’t going your way, and you’ve reached the “depression mode” of quitting, what do you think will happen?
There is a stage in time after you quit that this will happen. It’s natural and happens to everybody.
Just understand that even though you may be experiencing horrible physical withdrawal symptoms, underneath it all you probably are feeling pretty great.
It’s just that all your concentration gets shifted towards the negative side. You got to reverse it!
Prepare for the worst, expect negative thoughts, and realize that everything is one big, giant lie.
Once you do that, you’ll be one step ahead of beating your addiction. You can do it!