In The New Psychology, Charles F. Haanel includes a letter from a fellow who, with the help of his wife, used auto-suggestion to quit the smoking habit. It’s a wonderful tale and a good example of using the auto-suggestion method to achieve one’s goal. I recommend that you read that story.
Beyond that, what else can help you to quit smoking?
You need two things to break the smoking habit:
- The reason WHY you wish to cease the habit.
- The WILL to do so.
With most of the stuff you learn with Haanel, The Master Key System, and other personal development methods, the reason WHY you want or do something is often the deciding factor in your success or “failure.” It’s important because it is that deep-down, primal thing that drives you and pushes you through to completion. For example, a friend’s father quit smoking — simply, immediately, cold turkey — because his granddaughter was born. That’s it. One day he was two to three packs a day. The next, zero. He had a great WHY to cease. And that made it easy. Immediate.
So, define the WHY.
Accept the WHY.
Be the WHY.
Then it comes down to the will power to do so. To follow-through. Your WHY may be aligned; you must have the will to see it through.
The will to not stop until the goal is achieved.
The will to get up when you’ve fallen.
To accept your mistakes and to learn from them.
And then to keep going.
Additionally, if you’re still having trouble ceasing the habit, ask yourself why you keep returning to smoking. What makes you want to smoke? Address that. Yes, it is difficult to do such inner-questing, such soul-searching. But do the difficult things. When you do the difficult things, that’s when you find riches.
Here’s another little “trick” you can try: Every time you get the urge or thought to have a cigarette, put a dollar into a jar. Every time. Instead of having a smoke, put a dollar into that jar. At the end of each week, take that money and put it into a savings account. This will do two things: First, you’ll have an outlet for your urges. A sort of habit-replacement. Second, it will highlight how much the habit costs you. And a silent third thing is that you will be saving money with which you can reward yourself with something nice for ceasing the habit.
Here’s one more insight: Don’t FORCE yourself. Relax.
Allow yourself to become a non-smoker.
Think about that. Instead of quitting the habit, just let yourself BECOME a non-smoker.
No quitting. No fighting.
Change your mind into a non-smoker’s mind.
Think on that. Remember that the goal of all of this mind-stuff is to become something new — to become, to be.
You can’t force that.
You can only allow it.