Maintaining Motivation Now You’re a Non-Smoker
You’re finally free of that old smoking habit…
In this last blog in a series that explores my 5 step D.R.E.A.M. Process that I use to help people reclaim their lives as non-smokers, I explore the fifth and final step, which is all about maintaining motivation and enjoying the benefits that will continue to present themselves day upon day after making the decision to leave that old habit behind.
Step 5: Maintain momentum.
Read the following and then do the activity straight afterwards.
Close your eyes. Take in a few deep breaths. Notice the body relaxing as you do. Now, allow your mind to wander for a moment and to consider all the positive benefits that you’re going to have as a non-smoker.
Start by imagining what the following weeks will be like as you tell your family and friends that you’ve become a non-smoker and notice their positive reactions. Imagine looking in the mirror over the coming weeks and, already, noticing how the skin is looking fresher and you’re looking healthier.
Now, take it out to one year from now. One year of being a non-smoker. Notice the changes that are happening one year from now. Perhaps you have more energy. Perhaps you’re exercising more. Perhaps you’re feeling that sense of pride from being a better role model for your loved ones and friends.
You know what reasons are important for you to become a non-smoker and tapping into that awareness that you have all the skills and abilities right now to achieve this is going to serve you extremely well. Focus on all the positive things that you have to gain as you become a non-smoker and make sure that you continue to do things that reward you for the healthier lifestyle you’ve given to yourself.
Tapping into these positive images are going to help you to maintain momentum as a nonsmoker and to help you in those moments where you might potentially feel cravings or withdrawals in the week(s) immediately after becoming a non-smoker.
TAKEAWAY POINT: Focus on all the positive things that you gain as a non-smoker and this will help you to move past any discomfort as that old nicotine leaves the body for good.
Giving up smoking is only as hard as you allow it to be
When you break it down, the steps to becoming a non-smoker for life are straight forward. The complexity comes from your own ability to commit to becoming a non-smoker and to being self-aware as to the reasons why your smoking habit has been maintained until now.
If you take the D.R.E.A.M. Process and apply it to your habit, all you’re going to need is for one or two of those beliefs to start crumbling before you find that everything will just fall into place.
Discover / Determine the positive intention of your smoking habit.
Resolve / Reframe the relationship that you have with that positive intention belief.
Establish a new healthier habit(s) to replace that old smoking habit.
Access internal resources to help build motivation/resilience
Maintain momentum as a happy, healthy non-smoker for life.
So here is the option; either you choose to become a non-smoker or you choose to stay on exactly the same path you are now. Inevitably though, everyone becomes a non-smoker. Either they choose to quit the smoking habit or the smoking habit quits them.
The choice is yours!
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