Until you draw a line in the sand and decide to stop smoking, there's no earthly way it's going to happen. This need for commitment is essential not only to stop smoking, but to follow through with any new endeavor or goal. Take swimming for instance.
You'll never learn to swim until you can not touch the bottom. Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath, jump in the deep end, and start treading and swallowing some water.
After the initial struggle … if you do not lose your cool, and keep your head together, you'll slowly figure out how to keep it above water. Then, as you relax, you'll realize this swimming thing is not nearly as difficult as you imagined. Before long, you'll experience the joys of swimming and you'll wonder what ever kept you out of the water for so long.
The smoker's metaphor for jumping in the deep end is his commitment to never having another smoke … ever. Facing this reality is when the smoker realizes he can no longer touch the bottom, you might say. And as with the swimmer … after the initial struggle, he too will begin to relax and experience the joys of becoming a non-smoker … providing he's committed to weather the storm.
In either case, it's the seriousness of the commitment which empowers you … thereby awakening nature's way of giving you everything you need precisely at the time you need it. It's a jumping in the deep end kind of a thing. Take it to heart and you'll give yourself a fighting chance to succeed.
I challenge you to make the following commitment … but only when you are seriously ready to jump in the deep end and decide to stop smoking.
Write down the following bold commitment on a piece of paper. Keep it with you and read it when you first wake up each morning and before you retire each evening.
I will quit smoking.
• I fully commit to completely stop smoking for the period of one month (30 days).
• With all my mind and energy, I will each day seek out and enjoy all the benefits that go along with this commitment, by moving forward and not looking back.
• I realize there will be difficult moments, but I will find a way to get through them … others have done it, and they are no better than I.
• At the end of this period, but not one day before, I will make the decision to continue my journey of getting my living back, or I'll decide to start smoking again.
My money's on getting your living back.
What are you waiting for … Go Ahead and Jump!
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