So I don’t come across as a complete hypocrite I will self-disclose. I am a smoker and have been for 20 years. I know that I really need to quit smoking, for myself, for my family, for my future. I quit for a while, over a decade ago and did not smoke for 8 months. I thought I was done and was happy to be done. Unfortunately life happened, a traumatic event and the first thing I did was run back to cigarettes. I haven’t looked back in any substantial way since. In the time since, I have undone all of the benefits that I had gained and have to re-do the struggle and undo the damage again.
So if I know so much, how come I haven’t done it already? Good question! The short version is…it’s hard, very hard. When I quit the 1st time, I was in my 20s and didn’t have a whole lot of responsibilities or stress, so not much to lose and not much to risk if I lost it because of withdrawal symptoms. It’s a different game as you get older, get a family, take on bigger responsibilities. You have to keep your game face on for longer and that is very hard to do while quitting smoking. On top of that, it’s much easier to psych yourself out. I know that I have. Every excuse in the book and a couple I made up on the fly. Still, that’s not good enough. My life should matter more. My family’s lives should matter more. My well-being should matter more.
All of that hinges on “should”. How do we get from “should” to “does”? Well you have to be heading toward something greater. You have to be moving in the director of dreams that require your health and long-life. You have to have something important in you that is more important than that next cigarette. Do you?
If you don’t, we’re going to put a dream in you and give you a future that matters more than cigarettes or any other addiction/habit that can take your life away. Stay tuned…