Circumstances do not push or pull. They are daily lessons to be studied and gleaned for new knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge and wisdom that is applied will bring about a brighter tomorrow. A person who is depressed is spending too much time thinking about the way things are now and not enough time thinking about how he wants things to be.
— Andy Andrews
No matter what your circumstances at this moment, one thing is for certain - they will not always be this way! We as human beings have the opportunity to DECIDE - which is more POWERFUL than any circumstance we find ourselves in.
Change starts by envisioning what you want things to be like. Meditate on that person whose circumstances you admire. Become that person in your dreams. Now, set long and short term reasonable goals for achievement. In 6 Months - I will be CELEBRATING 6 Months Smoke FREE. With the money I've saved by not buying sickerettes I'll buy X. In one week, I will feel good about my quit, have my withdrawal behind me, build more skills for Quit Maintenance and Protection, I will have finished reading The Easy Way by Allen Carr. TODAY I will pledge N.O.P.E. and promise myself that if I feel like I'm struggling I will come here and write a Blog entitled HELP! I will do X to care for myself at this very moment (eat a nutritious meal, take a walk around the block, stretch my muscles, etc.)
That's how it's done really! Yes, I have 3 YEARS 6 MONTHS Quit but it did that One Day, One Hour, One Minute at a time for 1281 Days straight each and every single day! Some Days were easy - especially lately I rarely think of sickerettes as anything but THE ENEMY! Other days, however, were very, very difficult! I had physical withdrawal, mental cravings, days of celebration when I wanted to smoke, days of grief, days of depression, anger, remorse, loneliness, boredom.... BUT each of those times I remembered my Quit Tool Box - found what I needed and refused to succumb to temptation! Each day that I became VICTORIOUS over my Addiction gave me more skills and momentum and made the entire journey more and more rewarding!
Give yourself 130 - 140 Days to get through No Man's Land. [If you don't know what that is, please go to Gnu's page and look it up and visit Sarah's page for even more info.] Then stay vigilant for the next 2 Years while you get accustomed to the Seasonal Triggers. After that, all you have to do is not be cocky or complacent! Blessings follow more blessings as you climb the FREEDOM MOUNTAIN and the View gives you the Breath of LIFE!