Stop smoking in 1 hour?
Why not quit smoking in 0.5 seconds?? Admittedly, this does not sound serious. It is not! And still it is true. The big but: Such a statement takes out only one aspect, which in itself is quite correct. But it glosses over the whole big picture.
Quitting a cigarette is actually a matter of a single second. After all, the problem only emerges afterwards. When the nicotine level drops and the addictive pressure rises …
Quitting smoking as a trained addictive behavior definitely takes longer than a few hours. For longer than a few days. It takes weeks, months, even years until the pattern that has been ingrained over decades is finally defeated. The good thing is: it is getting easier and easier.
© by Götz Uwe Kress
But what can really be achieved in a very short time is something extremely important. Something that is quite crucial to success. That is a change of inner perspective. That’s when the basis for whether I continue to see myself as a smoker or a non-smoker changes.
You are or have been a smoker? Then please assign yourself to one of the following three groups now!
Quitting with luck
Such a change of perspective can happen spontaneously, from now on, from an inner decision. For the people around, it can seem as if the smoker quit out of the blue, right away. Luck of the draw! This has actually been the case for many former smokers. It is impossible to say how many people have quit, but it must have been hundreds of thousands!
And yet this is the absolute minority. A vanishingly small percentage of those who have successfully quit smoking and become non-smokers. These are the ones who prove to us that quitting smoking can be really easy.
Quitting with fighting spirit
However, the majority of those who have successfully overcome their smoking addiction have had a much harder time of it. They have struggled, they have struggled, they have doubted, they have suffered. May have relapsed and needed several attempts. And have finally succeeded! So it probably went to most. They may still be smokers at the bottom of their hearts decades later. But they have successfully trained themselves to quit.
However, you must always be on your guard to avoid slipping back into your old addiction pattern. These people have experienced that quitting smoking is a hard thing to do, but that their willpower has enabled them to overcome their “inner bastard”.
Not succeeding in spite of efforts
And then there are the many who did not make it. Who, despite perhaps several attempts, have always fallen back into their addictive behavior. These are the ones who make us believe that quitting smoking is really very hard. And after all, there are reasons and proofs for that.
Last but not least, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), smoking falls under the behavioral disorders with dependence syndrome. And nicotine has been classified as one of the most addictive substances of all.
Quit smoking – The way out
If quitting smoking is really so hard, how is it possible that people manage to quit at all?? What exactly makes the difference between the first group of lucky people and the other two, who can do it or not with great effort??
It is the human mind that makes the difference! One’s thinking, one’s deep-seated beliefs, one’s individual way of seeing the world makes the difference between whether quitting smoking is easy or hard. There is a lot of evidence of how powerful these subconscious attitudes are.
This is what is meant when it is said that faith can move mountains. Suddenly it “clicks!” often say those who have experienced it. And this inner change can happen in a very short time, in just one hour.
How this works in practice is the subject of various branches of modern psychology, such as neurolinguistic programming or hypnosis. Hypnosis can change the attitudes that are deeply anchored in the subconscious and make it much easier to stop smoking.
For good reason, hypnosis is one of the most effective ways of quitting smoking and is scientifically recognized in Germany.
You want to quit smoking and be successful with it? Then use the abilities of your subconscious to achieve your goals. Contact an appropriately trained trainer, a practice or book a course to get professional support and avoid falling into the nicotine trap again and again. One hour will not be enough.
Finally, it is important to become aware of one’s own smoking habits and to arm oneself against possible relapses. But this is how the inner “click!” a permanent new behavior. Without all the problems that smokers have, health and other, as a happy, free non-smoker, as the saying goes.