Believing shapes everything you do. So does not believing.
If you believe something strongly enough your mind will give you the correct thoughts to
help your body take you in the direction of your belief.
Can you imagine what life would be like if Thomas Edison hadn't believed that he could invent the incandescent light bulb? If Edison had begun his search for the solution without really believing he could create a light bulb that worked, he would have quit long before finding the answer. Edison tested more than 10,000 combinations of materials before finding the right one to create a light bulb! You must believe that you can quit smoking, even if it takes 10,000 attempts.
Fixing in your mind a belief that you can quit smoking may
sound impossible if you now believe that you don't have the ability. Here are some tips to
help you change your beliefs:
|Realize that your old belief was founded on old ideas
and circumstances and that your new belief is based on new information and your newfound
desire to quit smoking now.
|On 3X5 cards, write out several positive statements about your ability to quit. Read your cards three times a day: morning, noon and bedtime. Some statements to use: "I believe that I have the ability to quit smoking," "I am a non-smoker," "I no longer need cigarettes in my life," "I happily quit smoking," "It's easy to quit smoking," "I am a powerful, self-directed person," "I control my own life." Make up some of your own statements. Make them positive, as if you have already completed the task.|
|Post a sign on your bathroom mirror with one of the above statements on it.|
|Repeat the above statements to yourself, whenever you have a free moment.|
|Use visualization techniques to visualize yourself mastering your smoking habit and winning the fight.|
|Ask your family and friends to encourage you with positive statements about your ability to quit smoking.|