Let’s see an example: If you have ever tried to quit smoking in the past, what event or events caused you to smoke again? Think and observe the details of your brain. 15 minutes after “the last cigarette” you say to yourself, “I can do this.” After 2 hours you say, “I don’t know what’s happening; should I feel something?” After 2 1/2 hours you say, “What will I do now?” “Should I eat something?” “I have to do something, maybe just this one last cigarette.” Or you say, “Maybe I’m not prepared as I should be… Maybe God Himself should come and personally tell me directly in my face that now is the time?” Well maybe you will see Him, and maybe you are the one that is going to visit Him. Rest assured that this is a normal way of thinking. Some people have been “trying to quit” for decades and they are a testament that quitting is hard.
Well here is the discovery: It is hard for every smoker quit because they are constantly thinking about smoking. After they “decide” to stop, all sorts of smoking related thoughts arise that they try to overcome, to beat somehow. When they fail, they end up lighting cigarette again. If you want to quit you don’t need a 7 day or 21 day program. You need to start thinking as non-smokers do. Do they think about smoking? NO. All you have to do is not get involved in your personal conversation with yourself. When you notice that your brilliant brain start doing its job (thinking), you, in response, start doing your job and immediately change the focus. Simply change the subject. Thinking like a non-smoker is the only way to become a non-smoker.
The other self-help methods do have some helpful tips. However, if you start counting how many years, months, and days and hours you are free from nicotine, I assure you that there will come a time in your life when you will stop counting and start smoking again. The cure to help you quit smoking is to think and feel like a non-smoker.