Time to quit….now
For many people who successfully quit, one of the keys to success is having a single-minded focus on remaining smoke free. I think that’s one of the characteristics of successful treatment programs, and even self-help materials (e.g. the Allen Carr books I wrote about a couple of weeks ago) – they very strongly encourage the smoker to make quitting their number one priority, and keep reinforcing that message. So to succeed I think that’s what you have to do. An attitude of “I’ll give it a go and see how it goes” is unlikely to cut it. Whereas an attitude that, “Nothing can make me smoke and I’m choosing not to, no-matter what”, is more likely to succeed. And that means being prepared to do what it takes, and using all the help you can get.
I’d be interested to hear from people who tried to quit recently…what has been the most difficult part and what has helped.