Imagine a scale of zero to 10, where 10 represents a huge desire to quit smoking, and zero is no desire at all.
Where are you on that scale?
If you are at seven or higher, then I like your chances of success.
If you are lower than that, I suggest you go to the local cancer ward and see where you may be heading.
The truth is we have to be responsible for our own lives. You have the right to make the choice to smoke, as long as you are aware of the dangers and the potential suffering.
Using The Power of Self-Hypnosis
Some people ask me if they can use self-hypnosis to quit smoking. The simple answer is yes. Yes, IF you have the desire.
In fact, many people stop smoking without any help at all. This is because they were able to link enough pain with the habit of smoking. When you can link enough pain to smoking tobacco you will quit too.
Is It Too Late To Stop?
Some smokers feel that the damage has already been done – and that there is little point in giving up now, after a lifetime of puffing. But be assured, your amazing body can heal itself, and giving up is most definitely worth it. Here is what your body experiences when you decide to quit:
- After just 20 minutes, your blood pressure begins to lower and your heart rate slows down.
- After 8 hours, the carbon-monoxide levels in your body return to normal.
- After, or within, 3 months, your lung function improves.
- After 1 year, your risk of heart disease is half that of someone who smokes.
- After 5 years, your risk of stroke is the same as someone who has never smoked.
Still with me? Then follow the steps below to quit, once and for all.
Step 1. Write down all the benefits of stopping smoking. Start with the strongest benefit. Keep writing until you get to the weakest benefit. This helps you to start the process of change.
Step 2. Write down how many cigarettes you smoke. Write down where and when you smoke them. Become aware of how you run your habit.
Step 3. Make a date! Write on a piece of paper, ‘I choose to become free of tobacco on (insert date)’. Read this statement out loud or in your mind 10 times each day, then wad the paper up in one of your hands and relax into a state of hypnosis. Imagine the words coming alive in your hand and spreading throughout your body as you relax deeply.
Step 4. On the date you have committed to quit, sit down and do this exercise:
Relax into a comfortable hypnotic state.
Imagine a crystal ball out in front of you. In the crystal ball, see yourself two years in the future, still as a smoker. Imagine how you feel, knowing you are still a smoker. See all the negatives of staying a smoker – perhaps your health is starting to suffer, or maybe you are coughing more.
Now imagine another crystal ball five years in the future. See how your health has declined. Notice how awful you are feeling, having put another five years of poison into your body. Notice how you have aged.
How much longer until you wreck your health completely?
See another crystal ball 10 years into the future. What are the consequences of staying a smoker? See, hear and feel your experience. Put as much pain into these images as you can. Pain, pain, pain!
Now imagine another crystal ball out in front of you.
This time, see yourself one year into the future as a non-smoker. Imagine yourself feeling wonderfully proud of the fact that you chose good health and fitness. Notice how proud you feel. Notice how wonderful you feel. Feel yourself breathing easily. See yourself looking fit and healthy. Sense a feeling of relief, because you are free from that old habit.
Now see another crystal out in front of you and picture yourself two years out into the future, still free from tobacco. Become more and more aware of the many benefits of being a non-smoker. Imagine yourself breathing in the fresh clear air. Sense an increase in your energy. Picture yourself looking and feeling amazing. See yourself looking happy and healthy with the people you care about all around you.
Float into those wonderful feelings and slowly float back now to the present, bringing all those positive feelings with you. Positive feelings, positive feelings!
Step 5. For the next three weeks, go into hypnosis every day for 20 minutes. Picture yourself as a non-smoker. Make the image big and bright in your mind. Imagine yourself in many different situations where you used to smoke. Notice your hands are free of cigarettes. Picture yourself looking and feeling relaxed and confident. Make the image bigger and brighter, and step into the image.
Taking Your Change To The Bank
Find a large jar, make a slot in the top of it, and seal the lid. Work out how much money you would have spent on cigarettes at the end of each week and put that amount into the jar.
It is a powerfully motivating experience to watch the money mount up each week. Just imagine the amount you will save over a 12-month period.
Make sure you use that money for something special to reward yourself for a job well done.