Stop Smoking by Setting A Firm Date

Tim Whiston

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Setting a quit date is often a hard task because it’s your first opportunity to fail yourself in your quest to stop smoking. However, if a date is not set, you become one of those people who say, “I’m going to stop smoking, it just isn’t the right time in my life yet. ” Guess what? It’s never going to be the right time. So set a date.

An important thing to realize is this: A goal without a date is just a fantasy.

If you have a craving journal (great idea!) be sure to refer back to this when choosing your date. For instance, if one of your primary smoking sessions is at work, then you should choose a weekend day. If you feel as if you need more than two days to be away from that environment, take a couple of vacation days which will toughen your resolve.

The next thing to do after setting a quit date is telling the people around you that quit date. Use the people in your life as a source of support, especially the ones that will really encourage you to kick the habit (You want positive encouragement here, so don’t tell the naggers or people who will rake you over the coals if you slip up).

  • Explain that you will be grumpy, depressed and irritable and ask them to bear with you.

  • If someone that you’re close to is a smoker, ask them not do it around you if possible.

  • Get support from other people that are trying to quit smoking by subscribing the on-line support groups, phone support groups or a one-on-one with someone you trust.

    The more you prepare for you quit date by setting the date and informing everyone in your life, the more you set yourself up for success in the long run.

    Tim Whiston smoked two packs of cigarettes every day for many years, but he was able to put together a simple system that allowed him to drop the habit. Visit his site today for some great tips on how to stop smoking . Also be sure to check out his input on stop smoking strategies and visit his stop smoking lens at Squidoo.

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