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Shift Your Perspective

I’ve just walked up a hill. A very steep hill, as a matter of fact. So steep that a third of the way up, my calves began aching, my head began spinning, and my lungs seemed fit to burst. I paused for a moment. I began to wonder how I would ever get past the pain, and reach it to the top of that darned hill. I began to think about my family. Would I fall by the wayside here, never to be found again? Then an associated thought reminded me of all the happy vacations I had spent with family and friends. I could see the beach. I could smell the sea. I was there, in my mind, paddling through the surf.

Suddenly, I paused again.

I was almost at the top of the hill……..

THAT’S what you have to do in the early stages of stopping smoking. Walk away from willpower! Distract yourself!

When I thought about getting up the hill – about the physical process – the lactic acid in my calves draining, my shortness of breath – I thought I would fail. When I distracted myself – just for that short time – I climbed the hill easily.

Don’t dwell on the process of quitting! Go for a walk, fly a kite, breathe in and out slowly three times –  ANYTHING to take your mind from the act of quitting. And guess what?

You’ve already quit! 

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