Quit Smoking

1. Smoking cuts the oxygen supply to the brain by at least 50%.
2. Tobacco smoke contains carbon monoxide, arsenic and formaldehyde, which is used to embalm dead tissue. 
3.  Emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, lung cancer and tuberculosis have all been linked to smoking. 
4.  Disruption of circulation to the extremities, the degree that blotches of dead tissue are visible, has been connected to smoking. 
5.  The tar from cigarettes irritates the stomach lining. 
6. Smokers are difficult to anesthetize and can develop a fatal spasm when administered an anesthetic. 
7.  Smoking causes tremors. 
8.  Smoking can cause kidney or pancreatic disturbances. 
9.  Smoking can aggravate peptic or duodenal ulcers. 
10.  Smoking affects vision, causing such things as night blindness, dilated pupils and inability to focus. 
11. If you smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for fifteen years, you’d absorb the equivalent of an 8-ounce glass of tar. 
12.  A one-drop injection of nicotine would kill you immediately. 

I had a neighbor who was 80 years old who had quit smoking many years earlier. When I asked him how he did it, he said he just decided to not smoke anymore and that he didn't have any withdrawal symptoms or side effects either. As our conversation continued, it turned out that for many days prior to him quitting, he kept picturing himself as a non smoker. He pictured his home as one without ash trays or lighters. He wasn't sick of his house or his clothes or his breath stinking like a filthy ash tray. He couldn't care less about how cigarettes affected his health and the health of others around him. He didn't want to hear anything about statistics. He said he just couldn't see himself holding a cigarette or smoking one anymore. 

Now I know you probably think that changing a habit just takes enough will power. But that process is actually part two. Part one is in "changing the pictures in your mind" which will eventually change your reality. For example, let's say you love a particular food that you know is bad for your health. So you leave a note on the fridge to avoid eating that food. This is how your will power works. However, you've enjoyed eating that food for many years. And you know it's easy to stop doing stuff that you don't enjoy. But your brain doesn't want you to stop doing what you DO enjoy. And this is where will power can't help you. 

Everything you experience in life is stored in your brain as pictures. So when you tell yourself you're not going to eat that food and you leave notes on the fridge to remind you, which is the extent of one's will power, your brain will pull up the pictures of you enjoying that food repeatedly. And, again, no one wants to stop doing what they enjoy doing. 

So in order to avoid eating that particular food, you first have to change the picture in your mind which NOW shows how much you can't stand the sight, smell or taste of that particular food. And as I've said at many corporate meetings, "change the picture in your mind and you will change your reality." Then you can consider those posted notes as the will power needed to remind you to remember those new pictures.

I want you to think of willpower and the pictures in your mind as being on opposite sides of a balancing scale and that you need to use both in order for that scale to be perfectly balanced. They are both equal in power, neither being more important than the other. 

As for beginning to change the pictures in your mind, you will need to incorporate most of your five senses. You cannot just read your intentions from a note and expect it to become reality. Imagine that you are in a very vivid daydream. Now fill that daydream with your five senses. Notice what looks disgusting and what looks pleasurable. What smells terrible and what smells really good. What tastes like puke and what tastes delicious. What feels terrible to the touch and what feels inviting to the touch. Listen to people insulting your choices, then listen to them complementing your wise decisions. Then post a note to remind you to close your eyes and picture the new pictures that you have created. 

Hypnosis is simply the steps you take to completely relax to where your mind can finally think more clearly. This is also the moment when your mind becomes more persuadable. Which means that this is where hypnosis ends and the power of persuasion begins.

So once you are completely relaxed just before you fall asleep or just before you climb out of that warm bath tub, you can give yourself the necessary persuasions to get you to follow those new pictures that you have created. 

But most people feel they need help from the outside, which, sometimes, is not true, but it is what you may have convinced yourself that it is, thanks to the pictures that you have had in your mind for many years showing people that need help going to other people. In that case, a psychiatrist, a psychologist or a hypnotist can talk you into relaxing to the point where your mind is now open, at which point they can give you those persuasive suggestions to help you change.