Excuses, no matter what they are, will prevent people from acting on their intentions. Whether the intent is to stop smoking, find a better job, meet new people, develop a hobby, whatever it is. People that make excuses typically are prone to do so. They have been doing it throughout their life and have a set of excuses for any situation. I am not smart enough, I am not strong enough, I am ugly, I don’t know how, I don’t have the time, I don’t have enough money; you get the idea.
Sometimes, even as miserable circumstances can be it seems much easier to stay where you are than to take action and run the risk of failing or having to work hard for something you really want. Stopping smoking is an easy decision. Every smoker knows they should quit (at least they should) but for one excuse or another they don’t. Imagine what your life would be like if you no longer made excuses. You would be trying new things, exchanging unhealthy habits for healthy ones and you would firmly believe in yourself and not fear difficult changes in your life. In essence you would be pursuing the life you dream of.
By taking action you are freeing yourself from the past and from the habits that hold you captive. Excuses have a tendency to leave a person with feelings of regret, worry and self-pity. Just imagine how your life would be if you were able to live life on purpose and the first major step would be to quit smoking.
When you rid yourself of the excuses that keep you smoking day-after-day you will be able to focus on the moment. All any of us really have is the here and now; would you rather live in regret and fear or excitement and hope?
You are in control of your future, things may come up from time to time that nudge you off course but ultimately the quality of your life is up to you. Stopping smoking is the most important thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. You are completely capable of quitting if you only stop making excuses and take action!