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Save Your Life and Drop The Cancer Sticks!: How I Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks and So

Save Your Life! And Drop the Cancer Sticks

How I Quit Smoking in 3 Weeks and So Can You!

Life can be so much more beautiful when one discards the wasteful activities that are using up so much precious time and health.”

Copyright Sione Michelson

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Table of Contents

Preview

Why You Need To Quit

Introduction

How I Started Smoking

Disaster in the Making

Replace a Bad Habit with a Good One

Eliminate One Cancer Stick at a Time

Disrupt the Action of Smoking

Don’t Believe the “I’ll Get Fat If I Quit Smoking” Bullshit

Stop Listening to Your Negative Inner Voice

Reprogram Your Mind to Quit Smoking Now!

Inspirational Voices of Reason

Water Down the Urge

My Honest Opinion on Quit Smoking Products

Find a Support Network

Be Aware of Your Own Mortality

How to Fail Forward

The Ninja Checklist To Quit Smoking

Conclusion

Thank You

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Why You Need To Quit

Quitting smoking has literally saved my life. I went from having high blood pressure and cholesterol to going back to normal levels. My teeth are whiter, my skin is more vibrant, I have more energy now than I ever had and most importantly I feel better about myself knowing that I’ll be here on earth a little longer.

Hundreds of people die and get sick every year due to smoking related diseases. Whether it’s from the effects of C.O.P.D, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which is a disease that makes you feel like you can’t breathe because it feels like you have an elephant sitting on your chest. C.O.P.D also leads to emphysema and lung cancer. I’ve had people in my family die from smoking related disease which is why I wrote this book. As a former smoker and knowing the devastations of smoking, I hope to help you avoid some; if not all the hardships I’ve gone through because of smoking.

Introduction

I didn’t always have a perfect bill of health my friend, In fact, far from it. I was fat as hell and a 2 pack a day smoker. My teeth were yellow, my clothes smelled like cigarettes all the time and I was always tired. Well, three years ago I decided to change all of that. I decided it was finally time to get my health and vitality back and to save my own life because no one was going to do it for me. I had to make the decision to do this or I was simply going to die.

I knew I had to be around for my beautiful daughter who was eight at the time (now eleven going on twenty in her mind). The image of her was really all the motivating factor I needed to make this drastic change in my life. So, I started to put my plan into action and just made the decision that every day I was going to work towards quitting my smoking habit and getting my health back! Here’s how I did it; you can do it too!

How I Started Smoking

I had my first smoke when I was fifteen. I lived in Seminole Florida, which is about 100 miles from Tampa Florida. I still live in Seminole Florida today but I was actually born in St. Paul Minnesota. All the kids at my school were smoking so I thought it would be cool as shit to do it as well. I know it sounds like a cliché to say I was doing it to be cool well; it was mostly true for me. I remember as a kid watching my mom smoke and I hated it. She smoked in the house, which turned the walls yellow and everything smelled like smoke.

I’ll never forget the day my mom was doing laundry and I walked in the door from school. There she was, standing in the middle of the living room with my jeans in one hand, a pack of Marlboro Reds 100’s in the other, and she had this disgusted look on her face. “Where did you get these?”

“A friend gave them to me,” I replied, knowing my mother wouldn’t fall for a stupid lie like me saying they weren’t mine.

My mom knew she couldn’t yell at me because she knew she was a bad influence; if she wanted me not to smoke then she had to give it up as well. But with her being a 20 year smoker she wasn’t about to do that. So she said if I wanted to keep smoking I would have to do it out in the open and not sneak around about it. Also, she demanded I get a job and pay for the habit. That summer I turned 16 and started working at the McDonalds down the street. I was only making minimum wage at the time but at least it paid for my cigarettes and food.

Disaster in the Making

Yeah, I was working and being financially responsible for my habit but I wasn’t being responsible for my health. Because I worked at a fast food joint, it was quite easy to eat the food there since we received one free meal a day. A fat boy like me was sure as shit going to take advantage of that perk, especially since I made shitty money. I also ended up experimenting with drugs such as cocaine and marijuana, though I never really cared for cocaine too much. However, I definitely picked up on the weed and started smoking that daily.

So here I was, 18 years old and my health was going downhill fast. I was now experimenting with drugs and alcohol and also smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. This continued for about two years until I realized that drugs were just a waste of time and money, not to mention illegal. I knew I was better than that so I stopped the drinking and the drugging, but I was still a heavy cigarette smoker. I continued to be a heavy smoker until one day I decided that enough was enough. I woke up one day and it felt like my chest was on fire and my throat was closing up. I knew right then and there I had to quit smoking or I wasn’t going to be around for my beautiful daughter.

I went to the doctor a few days later only to find out that I was hypertensive and I also had bad cholesterol. The doctor said if I don’t quit smoking I would be at risk of heart disease, COPD or emphysema, which is a group of diseases that block or make it very difficult to breathe and can lead to lung cancer. I was already feeling like I was headed that way. I was getting bronchitis like two times a year, and every morning I would wake up feeling like I had an elephant sitting on my chest.

It was time to take immediate action and figure out a way to quit this terrible 2 pack a day habit. So I started researching ways to quit smoking and, boy, were there plenty of ways to do it. There were nicotine gums, patches and all kinds of items out there for me to use and, believe me, I tried them all. None of which really helped me, to be honest.

Replace a Bad Habit with a Good One

The gum was nasty and left a burnt feeling in my mouth. The patch worked for a while but it made me feel anxious and gave me crazy ass nightmares. I remember this one time I thought I was falling off a damn building and another time my head was being cut off by an ISIS solider. I quit that shit in a hurry and I was about to give up until I started listening to motivational speakers on YouTube who had some great insight on how to control your thoughts and actions.

I listened to speakers like Eric Thomas, Jim Rohn, Tony Robbins and many others who really inspired me to take effective action on every area in my life. One great technique I learned was that in order to quit any bad habit you have to develop a good one to take its place. The one I chose was exercise. I had always wanted to get in shape and I thought to myself that now was the time to do it. Here I was 30, almost 31 years old, and my youth and health were slowly slipping away.

Now, the great thing about exercising is that it reduces the psychological urges of smoking. When you’re busy hitting the gym, running on the treadmill or even walking your dog, you feel good because hormones are released and you feel you don’t need a cigarette anymore. When I first started to work out I did it for the length of time it would take me to smoke a cigarette, which was 10 minutes, and I would do that when I first woke up in the morning. I recommend that you start off small and work your way up or else you will get too overwhelmed by the task at hand.

My workout routine consisted mainly of strength training. My goal was to get a full body workout each time I exercised, but the problem was I only had 10 minutes to do so. I did as many push-ups, sit-ups, and squats as I possibly could for 10 minutes. Now I’m doing the same workout for one hour per day but I started with 10 minutes, 20, 30, and eventually I worked my way up to 60 minutes per day. It took me about a year to get to this point. I was still smoking at this point but exercising was helping me cut out smoking one cigarette at a time.

Eliminate One Cancer Stick at a Time

Eventually I ended up reducing the amount I smoked down to just one pack a day, then a half a pack, and eventually getting rid of them for good but I didn’t do this overnight. I had many ups and downs on the road to quit smoking but I stuck with my goal to quit for life. What I realized is every day I just tried to be better than yesterday. Each morning I woke up I tried to smoke one less cigarette than I did yesterday and this mindset is what helped me the most.

You see, I firmly believe one can overcome any challenge in life no matter how hard or difficult the task might seem. I use to think man this smoking cessation shit will never happen I’ll get pissed off, gain weight and just go right back to smoking but the truth is you can overcome all of that if you just realize that you can do and be everything to the best of your ability. With Quitting I experienced all of this anger, frustration, weight gain mental fatigue but I eventually learn to reduce all of these negative emotions but making the task easy for myself.

You see, the easier you make things on yourself the better. I decided I was only going to eliminate 1 cigarette per week and work out 10 minutes a day on average. Now, I said before I tried to eliminate 1 cigarette per day but of course that didn’t work every day starting out but by the end of the week I was always 1 cigarette less than the previous week. I also realized that this 1 cigarette less per week goal and the working out 10 minutes per day was a must for me and if I could do more than I would but If I failed to meet this goal than that’s when I would create a sense of urgency to get myself back on track. As long as you are moving toward your goal every day you are a success and just remember do a little bit at a time because on the road to success you must of the mindset that inch by inch it’s a cinch!

So again, don’t get mad at yourself if you have set backs because those are going to come. In life you are going to get knocked down but as long as you can look up you can get up. But you have to do me this favor: Don’t ever give up. Always keep in mind why you decided to quit smoking and who you are doing this for. Every time I thought about giving up and felt like I couldn’t go on, I thought of my child and imagined that I may never get to see her graduate or see my grandkids. These thoughts kept me going. You have to find that same reason to keep going, the “why” factor, because when the going gets tough, and it will, your “why” will keep you going. Figure out what you’re “why” is before you even begin this journey to better health and becoming a smoke free individual.

I found out that the act of smoking was actually more addicting than the nicotine. You see, I realized that the nicotine gum and patches kept me from craving nicotine but not the actual act of smoking. Human beings are creatures of habit and anything you do over and over again is going to be hard to break. That’s why you must be mindful of this and find a new habit that can break the old one. In regards to smoking, this has to be an action similar to smoking a cigarette, and this is when I discovered throat lozenges or cough drops.

Disrupt the Action of Smoking

Trust me, I know it’s unusual but I used Walgreens brand lemon cough drops to help curb my cigarette addiction and it worked wonders for me. I picked up this helpful tip from my brother in-law; he quit smoking about 10 years ago and he hasn’t smoked since. He said he ate these cough drops every day for two years straight and he said this helped him tremendously in getting off the cancer sticks so I said, “What the hell? Let’s give it a try.”

I recommend that if you are a diabetic check with your doctor before deciding to do this as cough drops are all sugar. How using cough drops helped me was they actually suppressed my cravings for a cigarette kind of how exercise did. I guess the fact that I was taking up one habit for another and disrupting the action of smoking by putting something in my mouth also helped. Now, don’t get me wrong; you can use anything to suppress the action of smoking, such as chewing gum, candies, candy suckers, anything to disrupt that nasty pattern of picking up a cigarette and putting it in your mouth.

Hell, I’ve even heard of people putting a straw in their mouth and chewing on that to disrupt the pattern. I’ve tried that but it didn’t really jive with me too well. I didn’t like the part where it produced so much mucus in my mouth that I actually choked on my own spit a few times. But anyway, you can use lots of things to disrupt the nasty pattern of smoking, though I don’t recommend you use massive amounts of food to do this. That brings me to my next case and point. It is possible to stay lean and fit while not smoking; I’ll talk about this in our next chapter.

Don’t Believe the “I’ll Get Fat If I Quit Smoking” Bullshit

Listen, you might gain a little weight when you quit smoking because your body starts to crave food a bit more since you will no longer have nicotine suppressing your appetite. But would you rather be cancer free and a little chunkier or six feet under with a slim figure? Sometimes you have to realize what the lesser of the two evils is and go with it. After all, if you start gaining a huge amount of weight after you quit smoking it’s not because of the nicotine withdrawal. It’s because you, my friend, have a problem with your diet and your exercise regiments. So you need to put that in check right away and stop making excuses as to why you can’t lose weight. Not being able to smoke is the most ridiculous excuse of all, especially when it means cashing in on a slim figure for an early DEATH.

So focus on what your true goal is, which is to become the healthiest person you can be so you can stick around for your loved ones for as long as possible. Don’t let your inner voice take control because it often will want to tell you stupid shit. I’ll touch on this next.

Stop Listening to Your Negative Inner Voice

We have all heard it from time to time. You know that inner voice in your head that tells you stupid shit repeatedly and it won’t shut the hell up. I couldn’t stand my inner voice sometimes. Mine used to say things like:

“Come on, just one more cigarette, you can quit on Friday when the weekend hits.”

“You can quit after this pack.”

“Don’t quit smoking now. Lose 20 pounds first, then quit.”

Let me tell you, my friend, the biggest mistake you can make is to listen to that inner voice. This is your lower self talking to you and if you want to die a premature death then keep listening to it.

Your negative inner voice will have you behind on all your dreams, bills, and weight loss goals. It will dig your grave and put you six feet under all before you can even realize it’s doing it. I beg you stop listening to your lower self and start focusing on what’s truly important and that positive inner voice that lifts you up and helps the better version of yourself come front and center in your life. But here is the thing: it’s really easy to get caught up in all of the distractions of your negative voice. You must train your mind to get used to listening to your positive inner voice. I’ll tell you how you do it in the next chapter.

Reprogram Your Mind to Quit Smoking Now!

My friend, you have to start to weed out those negative thoughts that are self-sabotaging your every success in life and nothing can be truer when it comes to your goal to stop smoking. You see, anytime you want to change something in your life for the positive you are always going to encounter mass resistance. Otherwise, everyone would be able to do it.

But here is the thing: most of the resistance we face in our lives comes from our own head or reptilian brain where our lower self is constantly over analyzing and worrying about how hard things are. In reality, if we just make a decision with absolute conviction that we must quit smoking or DIE, then our brains will make it really easy for us to quit smoking. However, it’s real important that your desire to eliminate smoking be an absolute MUST! Otherwise, you or your brain won’t make that very important distinction and you will never quit. You subconscious will take over and before you know it you will be right back to the same old habits.

You see, I feel very strongly that if you want to make a lasting positive change in any area in your life you have to be able to focus on that problem all the time. Now, I know you are saying, “Come on, Sione, you hear lots of people say not to focus on the problem too much or that problem will become your reality.” This is so true; whatever problem you focus on does become your reality but only if you don’t focus on the SOLUTIONS AND NOT TAKE ANY ACTION!!! But the truth is if you don’t start with focusing on the problems first your brain will never want to look for solutions. So the trick is to get your brain to focus on the problem, and focus on the solutions right after that.

Most of us just want to dwell on the problems but we can never take any actions towards the solutions. We just end up curling up in a fetal position and we let life have its way with us. Well, not any more. It’s time to take your life back and here is how you do it. Start listening and reading to inspirational material every day. If you want to really quit smoking you need to make it a HABIT every day to read about how to quit smoking, listen to pod casts and audio books, read blogs, whatever you need to do to get the message in your brain that you need to quit smoking now and that this is a good thing.

If you don’t do this then I can almost guarantee that you will go right back to your same bad habits because your subconscious mind is automatically programmed to do so. But if you don’t listen to anything else I say please listen to this and you will start to reprogram your mind to quit smoking; before you know it not smoking will become so easy and you will be smoke free. So again, start to reprogram your mind through goal oriented material.

That’s exactly what I did. I listened to inspirational videos and I read blogs like this one: http://therealcost.betobaccofree.hhs.gov/, I listened to inspirational speakers like Eric Thomas (ET), Tony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Les Brown and many other inspirational speakers who helped me quit smoking; they continue to help me in many other aspects of life in general. You’ll also find out that when you work on your chosen reality to quit smoking everything else will improve right along with it because your desires for becoming the better version of yourself in every aspect of your life will take over. You will want to lose weight, become a better parent and lover, and make more money, and much, much more! You see, my decision to quit smoking was just the beginning for me and so it will be for you too!

Inspirational Voices of Reason

Jim Rohn

I give credit to Jim Rohn’s powerful words. While watching one of his inspirational videos online, he mentioned such powerful words that for a split second, I thought he was talking directly to me. He said, and I quote, “Take care of your body; it’s the only place you have to live.” These words were so heart breaking that I wept the whole night the first time I heard them. Was I taking care of my precious body by smoking all these cigarettes? That’s when I knew I needed to make a change. Those words really kept me going in my quest to eliminate smoking from my life.

Tony Robbins

Trust me, when you listen to Tony Robbins, he turns the idea of quitting into a reality that is predetermined by the decisions you make. I remember watching a YouTube video of one of his seminars when he quoted from his book Unlimited Power: “The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”

Wow, those words just got me going every time I had the cravings to pick up a cancer stick. His inspirational quotes really knew how to pump me up to not give in to temptations. For instance, when I felt like giving up, I would turn back to Tony Robbins to hear quotes like, “Understanding state is the key to understanding change and achieving excellence. Our behavior is the result of the state that we’re in.” Tony Robbins also helped me with my confidence.

He made me realize that I had the will to control and decide how my life will pan out through the actions I take. “Action is what unites every great success. Action is what produces results. Knowledge is only potential power until it comes into the hands of someone who knows how to get himself to take effective action. In fact, the literal definition of the word power is the ability to act.” This is powerful stuff, so powerful and so beautiful. They literally picked me up whenever I felt like quitting or going back smoking. I owe a great debt of gratitude to the words of Tony Robbins.

Eric Thomas

ET’s videos were the driving force, the fuel that got me to overcome my addiction. I mean, when you listen to this guy, you just want to get up and run for miles on end without stopping. I loved listening to his videos, especially during my exercise routine. You just want to quit smoking instantly when he gives you quotes like, “Don’t make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what is actually good for you.” And the great thing about ET is that a lot of his material is available on YouTube to help you get up every day and push yourself to achieve success, especially when it comes to your exercise routine. His principles are great for helping you overcome the pain and the cravings of smoking.

Water Down the Urge

Drinking water is so vital in helping you quit that I recommend you stop what you are doing right now and get yourself a glass of fresh water. The reason why water is so great is because of its ability to flush out toxins. Considering by now you have accepted nicotine as a toxin, you realize how great this is when it comes to handling cravings. So whenever you feel like you need a smoke for the road, why don’t you drink some water instead?

I mean a lot. Its better you laugh about how much you’ve peed rather than backslide from your mission to quit. Water also has its health benefits. For one, it improves your overall health (you’ll probably be treating yourself from future complications by drinking water now). In case you get withdrawal symptoms like headaches or vomiting, water is a good way of treating them, and also to curb them from happening again.

Not only that, water also brings your beauty back. Smoker’s nails and skin are less vibrant than non-smokers, you’ll notice this awesome change when you quit. Before I quit smoking, my skin was slightly duller or paler than what it is now. In the extreme case that you look like a ghost, you need water as soon as possible. It rehydrates your skin so that it gets back its original shade, not to mention making it softer and more youthful looking.

My Honest Opinion on Quit Smoking Products

For the most part I feel that it’s the individual who makes products like Nicorette gum, nicotine patches, vapors or any other product out there that assist with smoking cessation work. I feel they can all work if you decide to use them to curb your cravings for smoking. But you still have to want to quit because that urge to smoke will always be there. Whether you use vapors (aka electronic cigarettes), cough drops, gum or whatever, that urge to quit is too powerful; these things will not be the silver bullet in taking down the big bad wolf that is tobacco.

Like ET says, “You have to want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe.” This is literally the case with smoking. Just take a breath now; are you taking full breaths? If you are like I was, you are probably taking short breaths with the feeling of chest tightness in between each breath. Your throat probably feels like it’s about to close. This is not good, my friend, because these are the prerequisite symptoms of COPD, emphysema and cancer. That’s why you have to think of this every time you get that craving. You have to want to succeed at this as bad as you want to breathe, as bad as you want to live for your loved ones. You have to love yourself more than those cravings and when you do, quitting this habit will become the easiest thing to do.

The products that I used to help me quit smoking were cough drops and electronic cigarettes. Of course, using my e-cig coupled with exercising, listening to inspirational content DAILY! And drinking water helped me become a former smoker.

I suggest that you not stay on the electronic cigarette route for too long because you will ultimately want to eliminate nicotine from your system as soon as possible. But this method definitely helped me quit. When you use the electronic cigarette, you are not taking in all the harmful toxins that other cigarettes have. At the same time, you are allowing your body to slowly detoxify from those other toxins; this will, in turn, will help you kick the habit. Then you can slowly reduce the amount of nicotine with each refill as each vapor shop allows you to buy lower levels of nicotine. I think most of them will even sell you nicotine free juice.

As I stated earlier, gum and patches didn’t work for me. The gum was nasty and left a burnt feeling in my mouth and the patches gave me horrible nightmares. But I suggest you use all these methods and many others. Why? Just because a particular quit smoking method didn’t work for me doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. This is just like when a solider goes into battle. He or she is trying to protect themselves against the enemy and they will use as many weapons at their disposal as possible to try and survive.

I suggest you do the same. Use as many weapons as possible to defeat this enemy because this enemy can take your life! See what quit smoking tactic will work for you. Try meditating, yoga, and acupuncture, whatever you have to defeat this enemy. But here is something you have to know: it’s hard my friend. It’s difficult but you can no longer accept the easy way out. Just deal with the pain and do it anyway. Why? Because your life depends on it.

Find a Support Network

I know this is probably going to be the hardest step for you to accomplish because this step was one of the hardest for me. I realized in order to become a non-smoker I had to stop hanging around people who were smokers. This included 80 percent of my friends, not to mention lots of family members. It’s extremely important that you stay far away from these people, at least until you have all the toxins from cigarette smoking out of your system. For me, this process took 2 weeks to detox from cigarettes. For some people, it may be longer or shorter. You have to be aware of when your urges to smoke arises, choose when you think you can handle the temptations from being around smokers.

It’s important that you have the least amount of temptation to pick up a cigarette as possible during these two plus weeks because this is when you are most vulnerable. I suggest you join a Facebook group, former smokers group at your community church or any other social group where you can be encouraged during this fight for your life because it will only help you on the way. It just gave me a shot in the arm to talk to someone when I was not feeling motivated. It also really helps to talk with former smokers who have quit for a long time because they know exactly what you are going through. But you have to take a proactive approach to this. Whatever you do, don’t be passive in your quest to improve your own health. Fight every day, give it your best shot, and you will do just fine.

Make sure you find that person who will hold you accountable for your actions. My older brother was one of the key factors in helping me quit smoking. Every time I decided to pick up a cigarette I would call him and tell him about my temptation to smoke. He would then remind me of how bad of a decision it was. He gave give me motivation and encouraged me to continue to fight and to be strong on this journey to become healthier and smoke free.

Now, granted, he wasn’t always going to be there for support and motivation but it is important to add this weapon in your arsenal because we all need that someone to hold us accountable for our actions or lack thereof. I encourage you, in fact, to find as many people as possible to hold you accountable. See if several of your friends would be up to the challenge. That way, if one friend isn’t up to par or doesn’t answer the phone one day to give you encouragement or motivation, then you will always have another friend to call upon for this support.

You may think this is a big waste of time and that your friends are too busy to help with this, but if they are your true friends they will be more than willing to at least lend an ear. This will help you tremendously in winning the psychological game to quit smoking, for this is the most treacherous element in your quest to becoming smoke free. I must keep reminding you that to quit smoking is a mind game more than anything and the more you can train your mind each day that to quit smoking is a good thing, the better. If you don’t keep reminding yourself of how important it is to quit, then your brain will start telling you all the reasons it’s good for you to continue smoking. You know that saying: “The idol mind is the devil’s workshop.” Keep your mind focused daily on all the good reasons to quit smoking and how bad it is for you and you’ll never smoke again. The trick is to reprogram your mind through your support network, inspiration videos and messages.

Be Aware of Your Own Mortality

I once heard a powerful quote by a man who I admired very much, as do many other people. He was a trailblazer, to say the least, and he was responsible for the main pieces of technology we all use on a daily basis. His name was Steve Jobs and he stated: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

These words are so powerful to me because they basically say that life is precious and short and I must take responsibility for my health and the way my life turns out. So I say the same thing to you. The time to act is NOW! Not tomorrow, next week or next month, but now. Get your shit together, get healthy and get busy on your dreams so you can live a better tomorrow. We only have so many tomorrows left and you don’t want to end up living the next 10, 20 years suffering from the negative effects of smoking.

I remember growing up with my best friend and watching her mother dragging around an oxygen tank all day. She was only 50 years old and she lived till 60 with emphysema until she developed lung cancer and died. But the up thing is she suffered for 10 goddamn years before she died. I will never be able to get that image of her gray skin and the sounds of her constant suffering out of my mind. I felt so sorry for her but I was still not able to overcome the temptations of smoking. But I should have kept her image in my head every time I wanted to pick up a cigarette. You better believe I do now, and the next time you decide to pick one up I suggest you do the same.

Get that one image in your head that will make you change your mind about lighting up. Picture a black lung or a dying or dead relative. Better yet, picture yourself in a coffin six feet under because that’s exactly where you will end up if you keep smoking. You have to be mindful of what you’re doing and what you are thinking when your motivation to quit is low. This takes practice and yes, you may think I’m being negative when I say think about your own mortality every time you want to smoke. But that’s what I think helped me the most.

If you don’t practice mindful exercises and consuming goal oriented content that will help you quit smoking, your mind will become lazy and you will go back to your old habits. I know I explained this before but this is the most important thing I can tell you. Just like a weightlifter has to train to be at peak performance, the same rings true for a former smoker, alcoholic, drug addict and food addict. They all have one thing in common and that is they need to train their brain to get the positive results they are seeking. This is only accomplished through hours and hours of repetitive corrective goal oriented action.

Humans are habitual creatures. The only way we can change a behavior is to adopt a new one in place of it. But the subconscious mind has to adopt that new behavior before it becomes your new habit. Again, the only way to do this is to repeat the action over and over and over and over again until it becomes ingrained in your subconscious mind. You will know when this happens because that action that was a chore and you thought was so hard to do now becomes easy.

How to Fail Forward

Listen, it may sound like a cliché that I’m telling you not to give up and to keep going if you fail and start smoking again. But it just amazes me how many people I know let setbacks stop their progress on their journey of becoming smoke free. You are almost guaranteed to fail at some point. Your body goes through drastic physiological changes when you are detoxing from all those harmful chemicals in cigarettes. This shit is not going to be easy; you will probably break at some point and pick up a cigarette again.

Also, this thing called life likes to creep in just when you are doing well and you’ve been smoke free for a while. The next thing you know, you have a bad day at work, you go through a bad breakup, or your mother dies. Whatever the case may be, Murphy’ Law is going to come knocking. But it’s an absolute must that you plan for this and when you do get down and give in to temptation and smoke, do not get stuck in that rut for too long. Start the process again and re commit every time this happens.

It seems like every time you try to do something good in your life bad shit starts to happen and your life just intensifies. It’s like the universe is trying to eliminate the weak from the strong but you have to do me this huge favor. When the universe picks a fight with you and Murphy starts throwing the punches, you have to be willing to put up your dukes and Fight Back. I had to fight several times on my journey. My mother died years ago and a few months after my mother’s passing I got a divorce. And guess what? This all happened after I had quit smoking.

I was one year smoke free and then my whole world caved in. I was totally overwhelmed, having lost the two of the most important women in my life. You better believe I picked up a carton of cigarettes and smoked the whole carton within like 4 days. Here I was 1 year smoke free and I relapsed for months until I realized I had to pick myself up, dust myself off and keep going in life. What good would it for me to continue to kill myself slowly every day by smoking and being depressed, and not being there for my daughter? I certainly wasn’t being a good father at this time in my life.

So, after several months, I recommitted to the whole self-improvement process, started listening to motivation speeches on YouTube and reading inspiration books and this helped me to realize I wasn’t alone. I soon realized that everyone goes through hard times, whether they are rich, poor, black, white, Asian or whatever, Murphy is going to come knocking at your door, so be ready for that and never give up.

The Ninja Checklist To Quit Smoking

In this chapter I want to give you a quick reference guide that I used to quit smoking. Please refer to this list every time you feel like putting a cancer stick in your mouth.

1. be clear about why you want to quit:

Think of the reason you are quitting. Is it for your child or another family member and you want to live long enough to be there for them? Is it because you smell bad? Are your teeth are yellow? Are you concerned that smoking will kill you? (I like that one!). You have to create enough motivation to make yourself do the (DAILY) work necessary to create this important lasting change in your life!

2. Compile an arsenal of weapons for the fight of your life:

I used cough drops and electronic cigarettes (Affiliate Link) for a short period, drank lots of water, exercised and consumed goal oriented material on a daily basis, using blogs, books, videos and audio books. This material provided tactics and strategies about how to quit smoking. I can’t stress this enough: this is probably the most important step in your quest to quit smoking, which will help change your subconscious addition to cigarettes!

3. Get a support network:

Develop relationships with people who are non-smokers that can encourage you on your quest to quit smoking.

4. Find that person or several people who will hold you accountable:

I called my brother, sister, friends or whoever would listen to me, when I was tempted to smoke. These people gave me encouragement and convinced me to continue on my quest to becoming smoke free. It’s critical you do the same. Find several people in your life that will hold you accountable when you fall victim to temptation, and you will.

5. Remember that it’s ok to fail:

Don’t beat yourself up when you have a setback and you end up smoking because of a stressful day. Make no mistake about it: You will up and smoke. You just have to remember never to give up, keep your goal in mind and never stop trying to give up the habit. You will eventually succeed.

Conclusion

You have to remember that to quit smoking will be a life long journey so you always want to make sure that even if you have setbacks to always be looking for ways to fail forward. As I stated previously, if you end up picking up a cigarette remember that you always want to try quitting again and again and again. Try picking up right where you left off the very next day even if you feel defeated. There were many times I felt defeated but I always tried to not stay in this state of mind for too long. Use every method at your disposal to break your bad habit and get back on the road to success, and soon you will be smoke free.

NEVER give up! Go back to the Ninja Checklist to Quit Smoking when you have setbacks because it’s inevitable that you will. These tactics helped me tremendously when my setbacks occurred. The checklist should help you get out of the relapse stage and back on the right path. Just like with every routine, going without cigarettes is a new one for you. Therefore, it’s going to take you a while to get used to being without cigarettes since you’ve had them in your life for so long.

Most importantly, remember why you are doing this. I wanted to quit because I wanted to live long enough for my daughter. Let’s not forget that you are going to feel amazing once the detox stage is over. I don’t think I mentioned how much money you will save, but that kind of goes without saving.

It’s up to you now my friend. Take action now; don’t wait till you have used every excuse in the book to not quit because before you know it your excuses will lead you years down the road and you will still be a smoker. Start today and make a promise to yourself and your loved ones that you will finally drop those cancer sticks and pick up the health and vitality you have been waiting for. Make the rest of your life the best of your life and finally live smoke free!

Thank You

Before you go, I’d like to say “thank you” for purchasing my eBook. I know you could have picked from hundreds of books on health. But you took a chance with my guide. So a big thanks for downloading this book and reading all the way to the end.

About Sione Michelson

Hi, my name is Sione and my passion is Life mastery. I am dedicated to teaching others how to become the best they can possibly be so they can reach higher levels of achievement, health and happiness. I believe people should help one another whenever possible which is my life’s mission and why I have authored several books in hopes of reaching and helping millions of people around the world. I love reading, writing, eating healthy foods, playing sports, traveling, and most of all enriching other people’s lives. I also like to help promote other authors when their main goals are to help people whether it be in relationships, health or otherwise.

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  • Author: Sione Michelson
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