Preparing yourself to quit smoking is the most important part of your success.
A friend of mine – a former professional golfer who now helps young golfers develop their game to a level where they can turn pro – told me about a conversation he’d had with a young man on a golf scholarship at a U.S. university who told him that he wanted to turn pro when he finished college.
My friend told him, “No you don’t. What you really want to do is, to make sure you are ready to turn pro when you finish college.”
When I heard him say that, the lights went on as I realized that is exactly how you should approach quitting smoking. We all know that quitting smoking is not easy and the main reason it is so difficult to accomplish is that smokers are not ready to deal with what will happen to them after they smoke what they hope will be their last cigarette.
Benjamin Franklin said:
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
With that though in mind, let’s say that you decide to set New Year’s Day as your quit smoking date. Most people who do that just decide they’ll quit smoking on that day and then go right back to smoking and wait for the fateful day. But inside you really dread that day – because you know it’s going to be a tough one and you are afraid you won’t get through it without smoking. I can very personally relate to that because all of my quit smoking attempts (over 70) were exactly like that – except for the last one.
I knew that my quit date was coming and I dreaded it because I knew I was going to go through hell:
- deep down I was afraid I wouldn’t make it,
- there would be a lot of stress brought on by the nicotine withdrawal cravings
- plus I’d spend even more money on a product or program to help me quit and then
- after all that time, money and stress, I would still cave in and wind up smoking.
The only real preparation I ever did was to try and figure out which product or program I was going to try this time:
- nicotine gum,
- the nicotine patch,
- the e-cigarette (Vaping)
- prescription drugs like Chantix or Wellbutrin,
- maybe laser therapy or one of those smoking cessation clinics.
But, other than trying to figure out which of those products or programs can best help you deal with the cravings, smokers don’t really do very much to get themselves ready to succeed at quitting smoking forever. Why?
Because smokers don’t really know what to do: we just select the product or program and then go right on smoking in fearful anticipation of the looming quit date – all the while hoping like crazy that this time, the product or program we selected for this particular attempt would provide the magic bullet that every smoker is looking for.
Now don’t get me wrong here, these products or programs can be helpful… very helpful – if you understand how it is to be used and you have properly prepared yourself to make it work for you. But… they cannot do the job of quitting for you.
You have to do that.
You can start getting prepared to quit smoking by asking yourself,
“What’s going to happen after I smoke my last cigarette and how am I going to deal with it?”
If you don’t have a good solid well thought out answer for that question your probability for success is not very good. If someone bet against your success, they’d win that bet about 90% of the time. You need to give yourself a better chance to succeed.
Here’s how to set your quit smoking-date
Instead of saying, “I am going to quit smoking on New Year’s Day,” you say, “On New Year’s Day, I am going to begin to get myself 100% ready to succeed at quitting smoking forever and I am going to be ready to do it on ____” (you pick the date)
Next question: “What is it that I need to do in order to get myself ready to succeed at quitting smoking forever?”
And now you are on your way… because that’s the question you really need to ask yourself if you want to put the odds against your success at quitting smoking forever… in your favour. Statistics show that the odds of your success at quitting smoking are heavily stacked against you and even though it is sometimes fun to gamble with your money, you really do not want to be gambling when you are putting your heart, your lungs and your very life on the line.
The work you do before you smoke your last cigarette will be the most important part of your quit smoking effort. I can tell you with great confidence that quitting smoking will be a lot easier for you to do if you take the time to learn how to get yourself ready to do it before you actually try to do it. Believe me, it’s a lot easier than learning how to play golf but just like golf, you won’t get good at quitting smoking in a day… you will get good at it, day by day and being good at something, makes it easier to do… a lot easier.
So how do you prepare yourself to quit smoking?
There is only one way: learn how.
Do that and you will not only improve your chance for success, you will make quitting smoking much easier to do.
Learning how to quit smoking is a process and you will have your best chance for success, if you start that process right at the very beginning and proceed – step by step – day by day – all the way to the end; leaving no stone unturned.
My book, How To Quit Smoking and Save Your Life–which costs about the same as 2 packs of cigarettes–will give you the street-smart, real world information you need to prepare yourself to quit smoking forever. It will take about 90 minutes a day for one week to read and absorb or about seven hours to listen to. From there you will use the book to plan your own personal quit smoking process and move relentlessly and methodically toward your chosen, ready-to-quit day.
So… good luck. Work hard. By that I mean, make your time count; learn the lessons and do the work. You will not only save your life, and a lot of money, you will have accomplished something that will open your eyes and change your life in a very positive way and the best part is that it will be much easier than learning how to play golf, or a piano, or a guitar, or any of the other great things you can do (or buy) with all that money you’ll save..
Now… let’s get started!