Keep Your Burning Desire Smoldering

By Jesse Logister

A cigarette should not broil, but your burning desire to live a tobacco-free life should smolder all the time.

Once you make it through the first few days and weeks, the treacherous tobacco thoughts might hide themselves for a while. But these thoughts crawl out of their dark holes from time to time, and they will do their best to trigger you in lighting one up.

You have to be wary about these triggers, because they can destroy your hard work in an instant.

Once you quit for a while, you might start to focus on other important goals. Time passes and your mind is slowly extinguishing that burning desire to enjoy a tobacco-free life.

However, it is important that you keep this fire smoldering all the time.

The Habit of Smoking Is a Chronic Disease

Many people will warn you about how sick you can become from smoking. But smoking by itself is already a huge and serious chronic disease.

You might stop for a long period, but the trigger to light one up can appear at any time. This can even happen after many years.

Before you know it, you are smoking again. It happened to me after I did not touch a cigarette for two years.

For me, that is the real disease that is connected to the awful habit of smoking. You tend to forget about your struggles with cigarettes, but that little bit of leftover addiction tells you that it is okay for once. After all, you did not smoke for years and you are in control of it now. Just one cigarette should be fine. But of course it is not!

Keep Reminding Yourself Why You Stopped Smoking

You need to constantly remind yourself that smoking is bad, and that it has brought you all kinds of bad feelings and physical problems.

At this moment, I am at day 8 of not smoking. I past the first week, but I am certainly not out of the danger zone. In fact, I think I never will. I always have to keep reminding myself of why I wanted to quit smoking.

Therefore, I decided to become a very educated ex-smoker.

Change Negative Habits into Positive Ones

Instead of lighting one up when I step out of bed or before I am ready to sleep, I now read a smoking related article every morning and every evening. I changed a negative habit into a positive one so that I am constantly reminded about the dangers and negative aspects of smoking.

I recommend that you read an article about smoking everyday so that you constantly fuel your burning desire to live a tobacco-free life.

It makes you stronger at moments that triggers arise. For example, at occasions when you meet up with friends to have a drink, or when you are surrounded by many smokers.

Take a Deep Breath and Let the Moment Pass

When you feel the urge to smoke at such occasions, just take a deep breath and know that it will pass.

I had my first trigger moment yesterday, after a lavish dinner with my girlfriend. I felt a desire to smoke for a few minutes, but it quickly passed and I forget all about it five minutes later.

Later that evening, I even felt stronger, because I did not fall into the trap. Such positive feelings pile up and they are the foundation for your tobacco free mindset.

Don’t dwell in your loss as it is a necessary break up. There is hope, and you have within you the power to change and become stronger.

Living A Tobacco-Free Life – Day 7

By Jesse Logister

Last week, I made another attempt to start a tobacco-free life. Right now, I am at day seven of not touching a cigarette, and these are my thoughts on the process that I went through so far.

It Gets Easier

The first day was definitely tough. It came with many cravings that I had to suppress. However, once I got over the big bump, it all became a lot easier.

I noticed that before on my other attempts to quit smoking. A lot of people have a hellish first week or even a month. They are tortured by physical withdrawal symptoms and mental cravings. For me, the symptoms and cravings have been very little after the first day.

Maybe I tuned into the right mindset, or I am just one of those lucky persons that does not experience strong withdrawal symptoms. I don’t really know the answer, but people have different bodies after all.

It Is the Long Run That Counts

The first few days actually do not matter so much. It is the long run that really challenges the ex-smoker, and that is where it often goes wrong. My attempts often failed, because of the dangers that lurked around corners much further down the road.

In the next couple of weeks, I will document my tobacco-free living process. During that process, I will address some of these lurking dangers so that you can recognize and avoid them if you are on the same path as me.

Together with tips and resources, I can hopefully turn you into a happier and stronger person that successfully makes one of the best and most important decisions in life. It is the decision of living a tobacco-free life, and you need to embrace it with all your energy and willpower.

Do Not Stop until You Reach Your Destination

Whatever it is you do in life, whether it is giving up tobacco, building a business or writing an article, you need to give it your full attention and you need to fully commit to it. It is not enough to say that you will try or that you will see how it goes. You need to make it a priority project and you need to put your heart and soul into it.

Going half the way leads you nowhere. It puts you in a place where you might be able to see the end destination, but the comfortable spot, your old habit, is just as far away. That spot is familiar. You know the road you already walked on so it is easier to go back, instead of taking that unknown path to a destination that first feels scary, but that can positively change you on the long run.

Learn How to Ditch That Evil Monkey on Your Back

That’s it for today. Tomorrow, I will move from day seven to eight of a tobacco-free life. In my next post, I will focus on dangerous triggers that can lead you back to tobacco.

Are you at the same path and journey in your life right now? Remember that you are not the only one that is going through this tough transition period.

A lot of people wake up with the same goals of becoming a healthier and stronger person. You can find them on this forum.

Connect with these people and read about their experiences. Trust me, it helps.

You become successful if you put your heart and soul into it. Loose the evil monkey on your back and feel lighter again.