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.