A Portrait of Successful Quitters

By Fred Kelley

Success leaves clues. These clues are a roadmap you can follow
to improve your chances of becoming a successful quitter.

Smokers who quit successfully have common characteristics, and
take common steps along the road to becoming an ex-smoker.

You can follow those steps. You can duplicate them. There is no
copyright or patent on the steps necessary to quit smoking. The
formula for successfully quitting smoking is not a closely
guarded trade secret like the formula for Coke or the recipe for
Kentucky Fried Chicken. All who wish to copy the success of
other quitters may do so, freely.

Here, then, is a portrait of successful quitters.

Successful quitters are motivated. They have reached a point in
their lives where they have become disgusted or concerned about
the effects smoking has on their lives and/or the lives of
people around them.

Successful quitters are honest with themselves. Smokers tell
themselves many lies to help justify smoking. Quitters
acknowledge the dangers of smoking.

Successful quitters stop making excuses. There never will be a
perfect time or situation or alignment of the stars to quit
smoking.

Successful quitters accept responsibility for their habit. They
acknowledge that they made the decision to start smoking, and
that no one else can quit for them. They quit blaming their
parents or the tobacco companies or anyone else.

Successful quitters admit they have a weakness and an addiction.
They also understand there is no shame in the addiction.

Successful quitters admit they may need help and are willing to
seek outside support.

Successful quitters plan their quit. They write down goals,
dates, obstacles etc.

Successful quitters set a quit date.

Successful quitters develop a belief in themselves and their own
ability to overcome smoking. Without self-belief, smokers rarely
quit. Successful quitters seek ways to improve the belief that
they can quit.

Successful quitters usually make several attempts to quit before
finally quitting permanently. Persistence and determination are
critical to quitting.

Successful quitters become very attuned to what triggers their
smoking; then they eliminate as may triggers as possible. For
example, many smokers like to light up when they go to a bar. By
avoiding the bar scene, quitters eliminate this trigger.

 

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Successful quitters find a quit buddy to support them. Family
members or friends can often quit smoking together, and support
each other in the process. Resources on the Internet are also
available to help smokers find support buddies. For example,
you'll find many smokers and ex-smokers on our message board at:
http://www.quitsmoking.com/bbs.htm

Successful quitters remove barriers to quitting. Simple steps
such as disposing of all cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays
remove the temptation to smoke.

Successful quitters are willing to make tough choices. For
example, quitters may have to distance themselves from friends
or family who smoke.

Successful quitters are willing to experience the discomfort of
quitting. Withdrawal symptoms keep many smokers from quitting.
Successful quitters tolerate the symptoms and learn how to deal
with them so they can quit. They understand that most things in
life worth fighting for require some effort and discomfort.

Successful quitters see themselves as non-smokers. They have a
specific goal or vision in mind.

Successful quitters begin exercise programs. Exercise relieves
stress, counteracts weight gain that many quitters experience,
heightens feelings of well-being, and makes quitting easier.

Successful quitters are willing to try nicotine patches and gum,
Zyban and other smoking cessation aids. These products don't
help everyone, but they do have a proven track record.

Successful quitters meditate. Meditation helps reduce stress and
clear the mind.

Successful quitters often seek a higher power to help them as
they struggle against their addiction and cravings. Spiritual
support makes most anything easier to accomplish.

Successful quitters alter their diet. Fruits, vegetables and
more water can serve as substitutes for cigarettes, while
helping the body heal.

Successful quitters help others quit. They feel a sense of duty
to share what they have learned, so others can become smoke-
free.

Successful quitters reward themselves for staying smoke-free.
They make a list of rewards, both large and small, that they
give themselves the longer they remain off cigarettes.

Successful quitters remain on guard for months or even years
after they quit, knowing that all it takes is one puff to start
smoking again.

By following in the footsteps of successful quitters, you can
dramatically improve your chances of quitting smoking. Begin
working today to adopt these success traits so you, too, can be
a portrait of a successful quitter.

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** Article Copyright 2002 Fred Kelley of QuitSmoking.com. Visit their web site at http://www.quitsmoking.com for great information and products designed to help smokers quit. Be sure to sign up for their FREE, twice-monthly email newsletter, which provides informative articles on how to quit, and stay quit, plus stories from other smokers.
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