I Want to Quit Smoking but I Can't
Often it is difficult for us to make changes regarding our personal behavior and the challenge to quit smoking is particularly difficult. It appears that the more times a person tries to stop smoking the more successful they become. Sometimes people do not succeed on the first or second attempt and become frustrated and discouraged. Of course the major issue is the desire to quit. It is also important that we have information and personal understanding regarding our own thinking and the process with which we make decisions regarding smoking. The title above “I Want to Quit Smoking but I Can’t”, implies two separate parts of ourselves that want or need to do two opposing things. One part wants to stop and the other part wants to or is driven to smoke. It may feel as if we have no control over what is going on with us. The addictive quality of nicotine alone makes this very difficult. In addition to nicotine there are other factors that play a part in our decisions regarding smoking. There are social influences and even possibly bonding issues that are in play. The most important piece is related to our thoughts regarding smoking and our desire to quit. The word “can’t “, in itself has a powerful influence on our behavior. We might begin by changing the word “can’t”, and replacing it with the phrase: “I have had difficulty in the past”. It is likely that our behavior is driven by our thoughts which are composed of words and images.
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