Procrastination is a common denominator among smokers; they just never seem to find the right moment to stop smoking.
The overwhelming majority of Smokers who say they want to quit will actually take several years to make their first move towards really stopping smoking.
Decision without action leads to stagnation….
Stagnation leads to failure.
In the case of a Smoker, it also leads to lots of needless suffering.
Causes of Procrastination
This chronic procrastination will usually come from one of two sources.
First is a lack of awareness of the problem…
This may sound obvious, but if you do not accept that Smoking is an addiction that harms your health and that you need to stop smoking right away, then you will join the 97% of Smokers that will keep on smoking until it is too late.
Second is simply an attitude…
If you say you can do something, then you can…. And if you say you can’t do it, of course, you can’t.
So, in order to make the decision to quit smoking, you need the right “Yes, I can” attitude.
We have all experienced procrastination — some more than others. And there also are the chronic procrastinators who avoid any difficult task and deliberately look for a “reason” to put off taking action.
The Good News is that it is possible to overcome procrastination, with determined effort and self-control.
The Power of the Subconscious Mind
Our subconscious mind is like a 5-year-old child and thinks in pictures… It is all about feelings. We can literally change those feelings by visualizing the desired long-term effect and impact by acting now.
Our subconscious mind represses memories and any unresolved negative emotions. We need to understand what the underlying reason is as to why we are procrastinating.
According to Dr Friedemann Schaub, contrary to popular belief, procrastinating isn’t necessarily a sign of laziness or lack of motivation. The most common reasons why people procrastinate are overwhelm, lack of confidence and fear of potential failure, judgement or any other kind of discomfort. In this regard procrastination is a survival pattern, which is created by the subconscious mind to use evasion, denial, and ignorance to keep us safe.
Knowing this about the subconscious mind, it’s fair to say that a lack of self-confidence plays a big part in why we procrastinate.
We may doubt our ability to successfully stop smoking, often by replaying in our minds those failed attempts to stop smoking that we may have experienced in the past.
That, fueled with feelings, creates behaviors that are not conducive to our desired outcome. The subconscious mind is motivationally very powerful, having a direct line to that portion of the brain where our basic emotions arise.
Wisdom vs Knowledge
A Smoker intellectually knows he/she shouldn’t smoke, but that knowledge hasn’t yet penetrated to become Wisdom—to become, in essence, action.
Action never arises from knowledge alone. It arises from knowledge that is believed.
What, then, is the difference between those three Smokers who heed their doctor’s warnings and for the first time truly understand that it’s time for them to quit and the other 97 who agree they should quit, who may even want to quit, but repeatedly fail in their attempts?
The answer lies not just in what we believe but also in the degree to which we believe it. Deeply held belief introduces a critical ingredient necessary for change.
That critical ingredient is motivation.
On average only 3 out of every 100 smokers told by their doctors to quit will succeed in establishing long-term abstinence.
Despite our preconceived expectations, most Smokers won’t listen. Clearly, we have no way of predicting which 3 out of every 100 will in fact listen and act on it.
Some people can digest intellectual knowledge and translate it into deep and motivating belief, They must embrace and nurture the belief that they must change their behavior despite all the obstacles—and some simply can’t.
HEALTH AND HAPPINESS
I believe that there are two possible approaches to the practice of smoking cessation. The first involves diligently providing appropriate advice about smoking cessation. I have endevoured to do that throughout this site.
The second approach, however, involves encouraging Smokers to challenge their deeply held beliefs that, in my view, obstruct their ability to change maladaptive behaviors.
Smokers know that they need to quit, but feeling that quitting is such a difficult hurdle that it is nearly impossible is what, for them, really makes it impossible….
And that is part of the problem with the addiction: It distorts reality up to the point where you truly feel that there is no way you can beat it.
Nothing holds you back more than your own insecurities.
Take responsibility for your own success and happiness.
Successfully quitting smoking involves becoming interested in the beliefs Smokers hold that keep them trapped in harmful behavior patterns.
It involves embracing a view of the human mind that recognizes all behavior arises out of belief .
If we could only help Smokers find their way to wisdom, their lives might then become governed by actions that lead to happiness and joy rather than pain and suffering.
Embrace your fears, they no longer serve you any purpose.
Dedication is key here. Keep at it and see the Magic that you can create.
The Winner’s Circle is waiting.