Ponder this question … what do you really want from life? Do not hold back; the sky's the limit. The more vividly you see this picture in your mind's eye, the better your opportunity of achieving it. So dream big! Visualize the type of people you want in your life, as well as the job you would love to have, and most importantly, the quality of life you deserve to enjoy. Imagine all the wonderful things you would like to achieve. Listen to me … there are those who live their dreams everyday … why not you? What is holding you back?

Be honest … in your vivid dream you just had about your perfect life … did it include smoking? If not … keep reading. You just might be ready to put them out for good.

Stop and think about the obstacles you have created which are keeping you from living your dreams. It's easy to get discouraged or feel overwhelmed as you face your weaknesses but these self-imposed roadblocks are what keep you shut out from what you want and need. Try looking at it this way … keep your focus on the prize, in this case your dreams, while working on dismantling your obstacles one by one, and remember … it's always the right time to begin. The only person you need to convince is yourself.

Now I submit to you, your # 1 obstacle which keeps you from living the joy of your dreams is that dirty little cigarette demanding to be smoked. It's time to take the power back! It's time to say no! I kicked its butt years ago … and you will too. I assure you, if you make this happen, you will live as you never have before … with the joy of your dreams even better than you imagined.

With that being said, I confess I once was as hardheaded and fearful about quitting smoking as you may be today. The truth is I failed countless times before I finally figured it out. In preparing this piece, I spent a lot of time trying to relive those struggles and triumphs which finally lead me to the path of victory. In doing so, I recalled that first hurdle which in fact has not changed, and never will … the smoker has to realize on his own that he's had enough, and until that happens, there is nothing anyone can do or say say to get through his force field of denial. But here's the good news. This printed page is not going anywhere. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear … BUT NOT ONE SECOND BEFORE.

Bill Peak