If cigarettes won’t kill you, why did I quit? People that smoke have lived until they are over 90 years old.
Because they CAN kill you! Really!
I haven’t smoked cigarettes in over a year now because I was able to change my perception.
As I alluded to in my last blog, your perception can determine what you can get from life. Research shows that older people who have positive outlooks on aging eat healthier, exercise more and recover more quickly from illnesses. (Credit Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times) Looking at people that are generally more optimistic, we see they seem to accomplish more in life. They attract more friends, more opportunities and resources. These same people have learned to perceive failure as a stepping stone. There are many different facets of life that show us your perception IS your REALITY!
So if my perception is directly connected to obtaining what I want in life, how do I change my perception? First, just like an alcoholic you need to admit you have a problem. Unless you realize the alcohol is affecting your life negatively and the pain is too great to not change something, you are never going to.
What is it that you really want in life? Success? Health? Happiness? A great relationship? Write them down including how you want them to be. The more detailed you are about them, the more your creative mind can see it as being possible.
Once you have recognized your need for change, next understand how important your thoughts are and the origin of those thoughts. There is a scene in the movie Iron Lady when Margaret Thatcher was in the Doctor’s office. The doctor asks her how she was feeling. She responded that it wasn’t feelings that interested her but it was thoughts and Ideas. He then asked “What are your thoughts?” She responded “Watch what you are thinking before your thoughts become words, watch your words before they become actions, watch your actions before they become habits and watch your habits before they become your character, and watch your character before it becomes your destiny.”
Once you can conceive that being true, you can go one step deeper. “You are where you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” (Zig Ziglar)
If what you allow into your mind can change everything, you might want to look at all the things that you watch and listen to: friends, family, TV, radio, social media and even books that you read. What are you allowing into your mind? It is like a computer; you can program it and reprogram it.
Our subconscious mind is a deeper issue. It is a lot harder to reprogram and when we are not using our conscious mind, our subconscious mind takes over, creating whatever we believe to be true. For instance, if our subconscious mind believes we fail at everything we try to do; then we will create failure by only being able to see the failure in every situation and not success.
So, how do we reprogram our subconscious minds?
Begin to change your subconscious mind by first changing your conscious mind. Define what you want to change. It starts with finding out what your core thoughts/beliefs are that create your bad habits. From there, you need to create the thought that is the opposite of the bad thought that is limiting you.
What was my perception of smoking? What were the lies that I told myself?
- People that smoke have lived long lives.
- I need to have a cigarette or I may punch someone.
- It gives me a break time from work.
- I can quit anytime.
- Everybody gains weight when they quit smoking, at least I am not fat.
- It is better than being an alcoholic.
What are the truths about cigarettes?
- Cigarettes can kill you!
- They cause breathing problems.
- They cause some types of cancer.
- They stink and make me smell like an ashtray.
- It really isn’t attractive.
Now what do I have to say to myself when I am quitting.
- Drinking cold water is much better than smoking a cigarette.
- I am strong willed enough to defeat this.
- I can be free from the awful smell of cigarettes
- I am going to attract better people into my life.
- Taking deep breaths of oxygen is much better than breathing in smoke.
- I am increasing my life by another day ever day I don’t smoke!
Just like replacing a bad habit with a good habit, I can replace my bad words with beneficial words!
Are you ready to change your perception?