I quit smoking many times over the years but I kept going back to smoking for one reason: I caved in and had that first cigarette again thinking I wouldn't pick up smoking for good again... You see, if you successfully quit smoking, the most important thing you need to remember is to never ever have a single cigarette ever again. If you have "just 1" cigarette after having been a non-smoker for months or even years, you're digging your own grave.
So now that you know how to avoid the biggest pitfall when it comes to staying a non-smoker, how do you quit in the first place? Here's how I did it. I basically just set my mind to quit. I made up my mind and committed to that promise I made to myself that I would no longer smoke.
Another great little trick is to avoid hanging out with smokers at least for the first couple of weeks or even months. You see, if you avoid all situations where you are tempted to smoke, it will be a lot easier. If you are surrounded by smokers all the time, that's not a suitable environment to better yourself. It will be too difficult for you to quit smoking. So start hanging out with non-smokers.
Also, another trick I picked up from my College's health center is that if you want to quit smoking, you should stop smoking with other people first. Once you give up the habit of using smoking as a way of socializing, you'll realize that smoking is pretty boring in and of itself...
I believe that when you set your mind to something like quitting smoking, there's nothing that can stop you. You become like the main character in the movie Limitless. You no longer have any limits and anything is possible. That's the power of the human mind. When this power is harnessed, it can be used to accomplish any goal you could possibly imagine.
As for me, I've decided to focus on getting fit again before I quit smoking for good. What I do know though is that next time I quit, I'm quitting for good. No more "just 1" cigarettes ever again. Because it's never "just 1". That first cigarette leads to another that leads to a pack that leads to a carton and so on and so forth and before you know it, you're addicted again.
I think the best tip when it comes to quitting smoking... whether you smoke cigarettes or something else is to stop spending so much time with other smokers. Smokers are bad influences on each other... For example, right now, I smoke for the social aspect of smoking. When I'm at home, anytime anyone else goes to smoke, I'll join them just so I could spend some time with them. This causes me to smoke way too much and it's a very unhealthy habit.
One last trick I want to share with you is that you should focus on one health goal at a time. In other words, if you're already working on losing weight and getting fit, you should keep your focus on that and not try to quit smoking at the same time. You need to focus all your energy and attention on one health goal at a time if you want to be successful. One great quote that explains why is: "A man who chases 2 rabbits catches none". You understand what I mean now?
As always, comments are welcomed and encouraged. Cheers!