Beyond Quitting Cold Turkey – What’s in It for You?

You have made the important decision of quitting smoking and have set the date for the big day.  You truly want to stop but are afraid to fail.  Many friends and family have gone thru this and you are a bit discouraged, even when you have not start yet.  The failures of others have diminished your confidence.  Maybe this is the wrong approach.   Stop looking at what others could not do, and find the reason why you want to quit smoking – your why, the what’s in it for me?

Here are some reasons to help you find your why.

Health reasons – Not only will you prevent heart and lung disease, and many other unpleasant physical effects of smoking, such as tooth decay, bad breath …  and many others, but you will have clear thinking, and will not be behind the curtain of smoke anymore.

Family health – Second hand smoke is very harmful to those around it.  Therefore, by quitting smoking you will be contributing to the health of your family, friends, and society in general.

You will be chemical free –  There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarettes.  Many of those are used in poison, arsenic, wood paint …. This should be a good reason not to put that stuff inside your body.

Physical appearance –  Your skin will look better and you will avoid the fine lines and wrinkles that form around your mouth and eyes from the habit of smoking.  You and “your environment” will smell better too.

Your level of energy will increase as you start breathing better.  This will open a window of opportunity to do other activities that you wanted to do before but just did not have the energy.

Self esteem boost – You will find that you have what it takes to be in charge and in control of your body and health.

You will save a considerable amount of money by not having to buy those expensive packs of cigarettes.  Use the money to buy something you really wanted but could not afford before – that is a reward.

You will have more time –  the time that you spent smoking or going to buy cigarettes is now free for you to do anything you want and enjoy.

Socialization – Other people who may have been turned off by your smoking may want to socialize with you now.  Some people get sick by just smelling the odor associated with smoking, others get cough, or even asthma, triggered just by the lingering odor.  A person that you thought was a snob may become a good friend, just because now he/she does not get sick when near you.

These are only a few reasons to find your why, but there are many others and you will be able to come up with more.  The important issue here is to find your why.