Why it's so hard to quit smoking, and why it needn't be at all.
70% of Australians who smoke want to quit, but successful quitting rates are dismal.
Why is that? What's the Missing Link to ensure YOUR success?
If you're a smoker and have tried to quit, it's likely you've tried to quit several times. Don't beat yourself up, you are certainly not alone; it's the norm rather than the exception. It's interesting to note that studies also show that 95% of smokers who have tried to quit fail when they've tried to go it alone. It seems that the best of intentions and willpower do not suffice in most cases. Every year, only 6% of the smokers who try to quit eventually succeed. The remaining 94% of people who use willpower, nicotine gums/sprays, medication, e-cigarettes or other aids are failing to quit
I'm one of the lucky ones. I quit some 20 years ago. My innate belief that I am immune to all forms of addiction allowed me to quit from one day to the next, without anxiety, withdrawal symptoms or cravings for sweets. Since I can remember, I believed I didn't have an addictive gene in my body and wasn't susceptible to addictive behaviour, and I proved to myself to be right However, there was a snag in my self-programming, which I'll go into a little later.
Let's talk about YOU.
If you've been hell-bent on quitting you'll have your personal reasons for wishing to do kick the habit, but most smokers reasons include health & fitness conditions (current or future concerns), pregnancy, request/encouragement by a partner/the family or because of a physician's recommendation.
Yet, even the scariness of the "C" word, the increased chance of having a heart attack, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, stroke, asthma, a weakened immune system, wrinkles and rapidly ageing skin is often not enough to sustain one's willpower, which is quite incredible, don't you think?
And then there's the financial cost of smoking, which for some can be more motivating and tangible than one's health concerns. So if you're fit and healthy, feeling indestructible, kind of in denial that continuing to smoke could very well impact you in ways you don't even want to imagine, then let money be your motivation - and what that money can do for you and your loved ones.
I'm sure at least a part of you cringes every time you hand over $60-$70 for a packet of 40 cigarettes. And I'm guessing that pack may only last you 2-3 days, if that, am I right? So it's likely you're spending between $130 and close to $200 per week. I'm sure you try to avoid calculating the annual cost but let me do you a favour and enlighten you. You're spending between $6,760 to over $10,000 a year.
Now imagine what that money could mean to you and your loved ones. Instead of literally going up in smoke, you could afford that holiday you've been dreaming about, have a deposit for that new car you want, buy that jetski or do the renovations to your home (adding value) you've been planning ... for how long? Or, you could put it towards your mortgage! In just 10 years you could possibly knock off $100,000 off your loan without any effort at all!
Well, maybe not without any effort, but very little effort. Because there is an easy way for you to quit smoking and reap all the benefits. In fact, you could be a non-smoker in as little as 21 days. I'm going to reveal just how powerful you are and that you've got this, this time!
I know, a part of you wants to believe this; wants to quit, but a part of you is probably still saying to yourself "I enjoy it", "I need it", "When I'm stressed, it relaxes me", "It's a part of my identity and who I am".
And a part of you may be scared of how you're going to feel giving up "the drug" after X years. There's so much stigma attached to what supposedly happens when you first quit. You may be scared of failing, thereby appearing weak, of getting moody, feeling tired, insomnia, getting anxious, feeling nauseous, getting the shakes, craving sweets (sugar) to replace the addiction and mortified of the idea of putting on weight.
The latter was the snag in my beliefs; my programming. Even though I believed with every cell in my body that I could quit easily and effortlessly whenever I chose to, and I did, I also had programmed a fear in myself that upon quitting I would gain weight, and I did! You see, that's how truly powerful the mind is! So powerful, that our thoughts direct, instruct and compel our body to obey what we're telling it.
Smoking is way more of a mental addiction than a physical addiction. If you don't believe me, ask yourself why most smokers, probably including you, give mental and emotional reasons for not quitting (or being able to quit)? You've subconsciously given smoking a role to play in your life. Smoking is an intimate, close friend to you, who protects you .... from stress, from boredom, from feeling different (if most of your peers, friends/family smoke) or because you want to stand out, be the rebel, be different (a subconscious need of needing/getting attention).
Yes, the chemicals in cigarettes such as the addictive nicotine are stimulants and will give you a feeling similar to caffeine. It acts on receptors in the brain to make you feel better by stimulating the pleasure centre. The hormone Dopamine is released - the same hormone that makes you feel good after cocaine, heroin, sex or having sugar. But, once you stop smoking the addictive chemicals leave your body. Depending on factors such as how long and often you smoked, age, genes, medication you're taking and your liver function, the nicotine may be flushed from your body in as little as 2-3 days or take as long as 10+ days.
You can speed up the detox process by drinking plenty of water, exercising and eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants.
This is what you'll be flushing from your body
You now know that your desire for smoking is mental, as the physical addiction shouldn't last longer than two weeks maximum. If you've quit and managed to abstain from smoking for 2 weeks plus, and then started again, you can see that the reason for falling off the wagon was an emotional one. My money is on some kind of stress event or a social event where you felt pressure (albeit, likely your own) to fit in, e.g. accept a cigarette (maybe telling yourself "It's only one, I can handle that).
The reason why Nicotine Products don' work is that they all only deal with the physical aspect of your addiction, which makes up less than 20% of your addiction.
Case in point: You know you're able to go without a cigarette for 7 to 8 hours straight when sleeping, yet the physical cravings don't wake you up, proving that the physical addiction isn't the real problem. Otherwise, you'd be constantly waking up to satisfy your physical need.
But what happens when you try to go eight hours straight without smoking during your day? You get nervous, fidgety, anxious, panicky, right?
Do you know why? For the simple reason that your mind is awake!
And when your mind is awake, it gets triggered by habits, such as being on the phone, having a drink, finishing a meal, after sex, etc.
When you understand how your mind works, shown how powerful it is and are given the right tools to empower you to give your mind the right instructions to code in the beliefs of a non-smoker, you'll be free at last.
You may have tried and had some success with CBT (Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy) or traditional hypnosis, but if the effects didn't last, it's probably because these therapies generally don't address the root-cause; the real reason why you started smoking in the first place. More often than not, the reason is buried deep in your subconscious. While it's beneficial to install positive beliefs, habits and behaviours like CBT and hypnosis do, without removing the underlying cause, which usually originated due to an emotional event in the distant past, e.g. your childhood, the mind may get confused.
I mentioned earlier that your subconscious is likely to believe smoking to be your friend who protects you in some misguided way. When you can find out where, when, how and why you (subconsciously) gave smoking that role, you will come to see that it no longer serves you, and this understanding empowers you to let it go.
The therapy that provides all the benefits of CBT and traditional hypnosis, plus the missing link (the technique to identify and eliminate the root-cause of the issue/addiction) - as I believe, the reason for its incredible success rate - is Rapid Transformational Therapy.
And, as the name implies, the treatment is truly rapid and, therefore, less costly than spending money on weeks and months worth of medication, nicotine products or vaping cigarettes.
Most clients require just one session and the commitment to do 20 minutes of very easy and simple "homework" for 21 days (listening to a bespoke audio recording created specifically for you).
If you're curious to find out more about this therapy, I'm happy to answer your questions during a 30-minute FREE Discovery Call
By the way, I personally used RTT to let go of my beliefs around giving up smoking and weight gain. Since I stopped smoking I had gone from a size 8 to size 12-14. Giving up smoking was so easy for me thanks to my ingrained beliefs, but losing the additional pounds proved to be impossible, no matter what I tried. I could starve myself, exercise, spend a fortune on diet pills - nothing shifted the belly fat I had gained. Since my one RTT session, where I found out why I was holding on to the weight (also a form of protection- which made complete sense - after reframing and transforming my old beliefs, which I cemented by listening to the audio recording for 21 days, I lost the 7kg I wanted to lose. Needless to say, I'm thrilled.
Below you'll find some of the Rules of the Mind that will help you understand how we create our reality and how these rules can work for us or against us, depending on the thoughts and the self-dialogue we have. Being mindful of this will go a long way towards creating the life you want and deserve
KNOW THE THE RULES OF THE MIND
The mind cannot hold conflicting beliefs. They cancel out each other
Your mind always does what it thinks you want it to do
What is expected tends to be realised
Your mind responds to the pictures and words you install
Your mind wants to stay with what is familiar while avoiding what is unfamiliar
Whatever you focus on you get more of
You make your beliefs then your beliefs make you
Your thoughts form a blueprint that your mind and body work to make your reality
What you present to your mind, your mind will present back to you
Every thought you think causes a physical reaction and an emotional response
When dealing with the subconscious mind, the greater the conscious effort, the less the response
Imagination is more powerful than knowledge when dealing with your own mind or the mind of others
In a battle between emotion and logic, emotion always wins
Your mind works to move you from pain to pleasure
The mind learns by repetition
and most profound and important to remember
Your mind does not care if what you say (to yourself) is good, bad, indifferent, true, false, healthy, unhealthy, right or wrong,
IT SIMPLY LISTENS AND ACTS ON YOUR WORDS (THOUGHTS) REGARDLESS
So please make sure you say only positive and wonderful things to yourself. Lie if you have to :-)
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