I'd like to see what your choices are.
Please take a moment to explain your choice of order, as it appears you can only vote for one.
I will explain my choice of order after we get a good amount of responses.
If I understand your question -
Most Important - Your Thinking
Next - A Plan
Next - An NRT or Prescription (if that is part of your plan)
And Luck has no importance at all
yes you understood the question.
I agree - 100%
Your thinking! If you think you can or think you can't, you are right - and most else is irrelevant. A plan is good to have, and using an NRT might help some...but your thinking is your most important tool. Luck has nothing whatsoever to do with success at this....
(was this a trick question???)
Luck doesn't factor in.
NRT, if you're planning on using them
The consensus so far is
NRT or RX
This poll is for new members too. What is your perspective?
Are you reading and figuring out what is most important to your quit?
2. Nrt or rx if choose to.
4. Luck does not play a part in it.
Well, I am not a new member but I didn't get on here until late...I go with thinking first because I had to THINK about my plan, I didn't use NRT and luck was never a factor.
I think think needs to be on there at least twice or thrice
If you aren't thinking you won't stick to your plan. :-)
I chose Thinking first because if your mind isn't onboard I see quitting as improbable.
Having a Plan is essential. Surprises will pop up, but preparation will limit them and help you effectively deal.
It was difficult to rank the last two. Luck is a factor, as I consider myself lucky to have gone through the last 7 weeks. But, I know I am going to need the patch in 9 days. Is that my own fault for misusing it, you bet. I hope I am learning my lessons.
1. Your Thinking - You need the thinking in order to create the Plan
2. A Plan - Realistic and something you are willing to commit to
3. An NRT or Prescription (if that is part of your plan) - This is a result of your plan which should include this option or not.
and a little luck doesn't hurt, but has nothing to do with it.
I'm going with the consensus
Thinking (once you stop thinking and I mean common sense not fear and worry, you're done)
Plan (it's good to have a plan if you make it a contract with yourself and have people to explain the hurdles)
NRT or Rx These can help initially but don't put all your hope into them and don't become psychologically addicted.
Is it luck that prevents you from making bad decisions?
Im a newbie but I totally agree with Bree19 I don't need to think about Luck I just need not to smoke ever LOL
Your thinking is definitely #ONE!!!!
Luck doesn't even enter into it.
I did not use an aide
And, did not even really have a PLAN
BUT-----I have to add another----
It was MY THINKING but YOUR SUPPORT (all of EX) that made it happen!!!!
The reason I put "Plan" in the number one position is because I had "thought" all my life about quitting. Had thought about it the several times I'd done it. Had thought, somewhat, during those times of those quits. But still failed.
But it was the PLAN that set me on the track to success. The basic plan was to set a quit date. That was step 1. That was the first point of holding myself accountable. After that I had to THINK about what that meant and how I was going to deal with it. For me setting the Plan (I'm going to quit on X day) and making the commitment was the first tool in my quitting success. The education I received was AFTER I'd made a plan to quit.
I mean, really, I had "thought" about quitting and had gone through the process several times prior to this last one. But this last time the commitment was different. It was total. I just knew I would never go back to another day one. ONCE I got past my 40 day agreement.
We think, therefore we plan. Or we plan, therefore we think. Ultimately it doesn't really matter the order as long as it induces success. Obviously nicotine replacement therapy is number three on the list. Nobody here with a long-term, successful quit attributes IT to the number one or two positions. And luck is an excuse for not doing one's homework. Actually, no, that's not fair. Luck is the term Newbies use who haven't yet been educated. Because once you HAVE been educated, you understand that 'luck' is an outside influence. Whereas commitment is an inside one. And it's the latter that creates successful, long-term quits.
I still stand by my inclusion of luck. It may not be the best term, but I feel I am lucky to have caught the cold that lead me to this point. If I had not, I would not know I have COPD, therefore I wouldn't have begun the journey to better health. I would still be smoking and drinking my way to an early grave.
Luck, fate, divine intervention....whatever we call it, something is helping me and I am going to graciously accept. Here is an example; I never buy lottery tickets or scratch offs. My SIL says I am the only person she knows that can scratch $20 worth and not even get a free ticket. I got some last night as a belated birthday gift and I won $30! That is a miracle from my perspective. Not a lot of money, but I won when I never do!
I too think the EX community should be on the list. Even when I am not on here, I can feel the support. I feel accountable to myself and to those who have graciously offered their support, wisdom and motivation.
I chose a plan because that gives you a road map to follow. A good plan will include statagies for success and getting through a tough time. I think a plan includes changing the way you think. Also a good plan should be on paper. People who have a plan tend to succeed in anything not just quiting smoking.
Having only four days I am not sure how to rank. Thinking can be bad if you perseverate on negative thoughts, so changing my thinking is probably what will help me overcome obstacles in my way. My plan included a quit date and the patch. Support is tremendously important and this site has given me that. So I guess all of the above are intregal in a successful quit. For me they all work together.
Luck was never part of this for me...changing my thinking and then making a plan were vital to my quit...I had to have the education about nicotine addiction and then my commitment and the support and advice of people on EX. I did not use NRT's or medication to stop...I was already on Wellbutrin, had been for years and years so I don't think it was a factor. Seeing this as a journey really helped to put things into perspective.
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