Become a Non-Smoker: What Is a Habit?
So, you’ve decided to become a non-smoker…
Many people seem to believe that becoming a non-smoker is hard. They’ve often come to this conclusion because they feel that the smoking habit has such a strong hold on them.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be running a series of blogs around becoming a non-smoker and how I use my D.R.E.A.M. process to assist people in reclaiming their lives as non-smokers.
This week, we’re looking at what a habit actually is.
What is a habit?
It is important to understand that habits are simply a routine or behaviour that we do that produces predictable outcomes for us. Your unconscious mind does not recognise habits as being good or bad, it just recognises it as something that provides you with a positive intention.
For instance, you would have habits that we can all recognise as being positive. You might have a particular routine that you do every morning when you wake up. The positive intention here is that you don’t have to think about what you’re doing – it would seem to be almost on autopilot.
It also means that you’re completing a process that helps you to feel that you’re ready as well as being able to manage your time. Have you ever had a morning where you’ve woken up, got out of bed, and something happened that threw your morning routine out of whack? How was that morning for you? Did you find it harder to focus on what you needed to do? Did you forget anything? Did it change your mental state, such as feeling confused or perhaps even slightly grumpy?
We like predictable. It provides us with a sense of certainty. This really leads to our first point; your smoking behaviour is actually providing you with something positive. You’re getting something out of that smoking habit.
There are lots of reasons why people tend to smoke although I tend to put it down into a handful of key reasons:
* Smoking provides the smoker with the illusion of stress release and calm, essentially using smoking as a coping mechanism.
* Smoking provides the smoker with ‘a treat’ for themselves or to take a break.
* The smoker has actually forgotten the reason why they smoke. In fact, they’ve even come to the conclusion that they don’t enjoy smoking anymore. For them, it seems to simply just be something that they ‘do’.
TAKEAWAY POINT: The unconscious mind doesn’t recognise a habit as being a good or bad habit, only that the habit serves a positive intention/purpose for that person.
Next week, we’ll be exploring the positive intention that your smoking habit has for you and get a clearer understanding of how that ‘positive intention’ is actually all just a trick.
You can read part 1 of this series here.
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Breaking Addiction Through Counselling and Hypnosis
The Truth About Hypnotherapy and Smoking Cessation
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What Does That Smoking Habit Want For You