Did you know that the more intensively you focus on quitting smoking, the higher your odds of quitting? Hatsukami, D; Mooney, M. 1999. Pharmacological and behavioral strategies for smoking cessation. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. V6(1):11-38.
That’s right the more you focus on quitting the better your chances! What that means is the more you learn, the more websites you visit, the more information you read about quitting smoking will fuel the fire to quit.
To give your focus more power you need to not look to the negative but the positive. You aren’t giving up or losing something because to do so may create the desire to find it. No you are changing your life and as you educate yourself on different methods of quitting, the health effects of smoking, and everything else involved you should focus your mind on the new you. Think about how good you will feel when you finally kick the habit. What does that look like? Think of all the things you will be able to accomplish, the places you can go, and the money you will be saving.
Quitting smoking should not be a negative time in your life. It is a time of celebration!
As with anything in life, if you focus on the positive you will have positive results. If you focus on the negative you will have negative results and have a hard time letting go. The key is to educate yourself and to change your life by changing your mind. Put your focus on the positive aspects of quitting smoking and you will increase your chances of success.