Have you ever read the health warnings on cigarette boxes of yours? Smoking causes lethal lung cancer. Smoking causes emphysema. Smoking while pregnant causes birth defects. Do they have any effect on you? Do you still light up then? In my search for the best way to stop smoking, sadly, I always did this. I knew what’s wrong and what’s right, but I couldn’t get myself to change.
Here are some facts for you: It’s roughly calculated that about 33% of all grown-up males around the world continue to light up cigarettes, despite the health warnings given on cigarette boxes. There are (more or less) 15 billion cigarettes sold every day – that’s 10 million cigarettes sold a minute. Based on a survey conducted by American Lung Association, approximately 437,800 American citizens (per year) have contracted smoking-related diseases. The cost of health-care in the United States alone is now over $167 billion a year. Yet we do not stop smoking.
Doesn’t that make us scratch our heads? Are we as blind as a bat to those warning labels? Do we quietly believe we can live for a thousand years? Do we realize the danger but just don’t care?
I was once a heavy smoker. Whenever people told me to quit smoking, I wanted to smoke even more. Deep inside my heart, I know I have to quit smoking, but I can’t do it. No matter how many times I tried, something always pulled me back and I kept smoking, but then something wonderful happened.
I finally managed to quit – for good. It’s been five long years now, and during those hard times I’ve been through, I have finally found the best way to stop smoking, and I learned one ultimate factor that changed me from a heavy-duty smoker to a completely smoke-free person. Do you want to know what that one ultimate factor is?
That factor is our subconscious mind. You heard me right. It is the sheer power of our subconscious mind that’s been preventing us from stopping, ever.
What is our subconscious mind?
Our subconscious mind is the most influential mind, which manages plenty of reflexive functions of our mind, in lots of ways we have yet understood.
This subconscious mind is what protects us, keeps us functioning as a human being. Our subconscious mind always looks for fixed patterns and instinctive responses. Think of times when you laugh, ride a bicycle, when you brush your teeth. These repetitive tasks have been programmed into our subconscious; they have become automatic for us to do.
How do we form our subconscious mind?
Our subconscious mind assigns us a role based on our established habits. It is designed to set aside repeated patterns. Apart from automatic protection and safety patterns, our subconscious also learns to identify, learn, and reserve pleasure patterns.
This is why our subconscious mind prevents us from stopping smoking. If you have programmed your subconscious to believe that you enjoy smoking, you can’t live without a cigarette, you need to light up, then it will do its job and will constantly remind you to light up. All this time you’ve been searching for the best way to stop smoking, yet even when your conscious mind tells you that you need to quit, the power of your subconscious is even greater, and that’s why you just can’t kick the habit.
How do you deal with your subconscious mind?
You just have to re-program it. Think of it as an OS (Operating System) of your mind. You have to “uninstall” it and reinforce new beliefs and habits into your subconscious mind. Still, how do you exactly re-program your subconscious mind?
Well, there’s a popular method called NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) which is able to change what your subconscious mind believes. Basically, NLP is just an approach to psychotherapy (although rather controversial) claimed to be able to change one’s mental and emotional behavior patterns.
How can NLP help you stop smoking? Well, the premise behind NLP is that if you can change how your subconscious works, you can change your habit. If you can change your habit, you can also reverse the way your subconscious feels about smoking, and you can (eventually) stop smoking.
In the end, I personally think that changing how our mind works is the best way to stop smoking. You may or may not agree with me on this, and I agree to disagree. I’ll let you decide if this is the right thing for you.