Quit stopping smoking
When people stop smoking with hypnosis, one thing becomes quickly apparent. Surprisingly apparent. They speak of getting through challenging moments; about the excitement, the natural pride of being cig free. But they don’t mention withdrawal symptoms! Many of us accept the view that stopping smoking requires enormous will power against debilitating withdrawal. We’ve all heard those terrible stories about how tough it is to quit. Sheer hell. ”I was climbing the wall”; “It’s all I could think off”. “If I didn’t start smoking again I was going to kill someone”.
So if quitting smoking is so unpleasant, how come clients who had Hypnotherapy to stop smoking don’t have these painful withdrawal symptoms? Was there something special about these people? Nope, because they came from all walks of life.
So what do they have in common? One thing is with the help of hypnosis they didn’t ‘quit smoking’. They didn’t ‘give up cigs’. They didn’t just ‘stop smoking’. So what did the hypnosis do for these smokers?
Firstly hypnosis connects with a healthy, positive and calm future. The hypnosis connects you with the future not yet met that is free from nicotine slavery.
Secondly hypnosis connects you with the strength to say NO! Say no to that old pointless habit that simply doesn’t deliver what it says on the tin. Smoking is like a cunning parasite which convinces its host it’s indispensable. It is TOTALLY dispensable.
No one ever regretted stopping smoking.
Thirdly, effort (yes effort is required) needs to be applied skilfully. Plan ahead so that if that craving raises its ugly head you can step in with your new ability. You can relax and visualise the future you want.
So today don’t quit, don’t give up smoking. Why? Try this quick experiment: Do not think of a cigarette or for that matter a pink elephant. How did you do? Did you not think of that cig or that elephant? So what happens if you spend the day telling yourself “I will not smoke…I will not smoke…I will not smoke…”?
Stopping smoking successfully is less about what you don’t want and more about what you do want.
The sharp stick only moves you so far and then it’s all up to you and your will power. Willpower is not the ability to have the foot down on the accelerator (I want) and the brake (I will not have). No wonder it all ends up in smoke for so many. Willpower is about the willingness to make an effort, to make changes when there is something better to come.
Create your climate for change. Decide what you don’t want, what doesn’t work anymore - the old smoking habit - and bring to the forefront what you do want. What will it mean to you? What will it mean to your health, self-esteem and loved ones? You may not stop today but sooner or later you will. There will come a day when you never smoke another cigarette. It's a mugs game.
Make a start right now on this exercise. Get two sheets of paper. On one begin writing down everything about smoking you don’t like, you can’t stand, your fears, health worries, what it means to your loved ones, embarrassment, the cost, social inconvenience, smell etc. The other page is all your hopes of life without smoking. The health benefits, fitness what you could spend that money on, the happiness of friends and family, self-respect and pride etc.
Just write everything down that comes to your mind. What it means and is unique to you. Be honest, no one else has to see this. Keep adding to this list as new awareness and understanding surface.
And when you’re ready to fulfil that promise you made to yourself, what’s the bridge that will transport you from one to the other? Just simple effort. You know how to make effort, has not the inner resources of motivation and perseverance effort been there for you every time you achieved anything important in your life?
The funny thing is that when you are willing to do whatever is necessary; stopping smoking becomes a whole lot easier.
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