If you're like most of us, the list of resolutions you put together in anticipation of the year ahead includes changes you've tried to make before. Quit smoking, lose weight, save money...the things we most want to change in our lives are often elusive and left unresolved, year after year after year.
Have you put any thought into how you'll make your New Year's resolutions really stick this time around? Wouldn't it be nice to finally check off the Quit Smoking for New Year's item on your list once and for all? What a nice thought!
Looking Back Before Moving Forward
If you had goals in mind for this year that you weren't quite able to complete, take a little time to reflect on progress you've made that will ultimately move you closer to your goal. It can be so easy to overlook our advancements and instead only focus on the things we didn't accomplish.
For instance, if losing a certain amount of weight was a goal you didn't reach, you might feel as though you failed. In truth, you might have lost some weight and made changes to your lifestyle that will ultimately support more weight loss. Perhaps you're getting out for a half hour walk most days of the week now, and you're eating a healthy breakfast regularly.
If you tried to quit smoking and relapsed, you probably learned important lessons about activities and mindsets that don't support cessation, like drinking alcohol early in your quit program, or letting unhealthy thoughts of smoking gain steam. While it may feel like you failed, you didn't. As long as you got the lesson the relapse had to teach you and you don't give up on quitting, you haven't failed.
Make sure you give yourself credit where credit is due. Getting an accurate picture of where you've been will give you clues about how to build a better plan for where you want to go.
Create a List of Accomplishments, Big and Small
- Did you exercise for 6 months last year consistently? Write it down.
- Did you learn something important from a failed quit attempt? Reflect on it.
- Did you pay down some of your credit debt? Figure out how much less you owe now than you did at this time last year.
Create Your Wish List
Something I do at the start of every new year, my wish list commits my hopes and dreams to paper for the coming year. I list out everything I'd like to bring into my life on that list, from personal improvements to home improvements to trips I'd like to take. Everything is fair game. Some years the list is long and detailed, other years there are just a few big goals on it. I then tuck my list away and leave it be, taking it out only at year's end to review.
Setting our intentions in writing is a good way to start the ball of change rolling. Try it this year.
Looking Ahead at Smoking Cessation
If quitting smoking is on your list of goals for the coming year, there's no time like the present to get started. Use the following links to find information around About.com Smoking Cessation that will help you prepare for a successful quit program.
Education is Empowering!
The more you know about what to expect as you go through the process of recovery from nicotine addiction, the better you'll be weather the ups and downs of early cessation and make this quit the one that lasts you a lifetime.
Preparing for Your Quit Date
Why Should I Quit Smoking?
Why do you want to quit smoking tobacco? What are your reasons? Making a list of reasons for quitting is the first step toward successful smoking cessation.
The Last Straw: Readers Share Their Reasons for Quitting
Making the decision to finally put down our cigarettes and call a halt to smoking is, for most people, the result of something dramatic - either an event or emotional angst. It's the final straw that makes us say "No More."
Developing the Will to Quit Smoking
Smoking cessation involves a lot of work for most people -- it's not handed to us on a silver platter. It is doable, however, and the good news is that thousands of people quit smoking successfully every year. Many of them thought at one time or another that they couldn't quit, yet they have...how did they do it?
Choosing Your Quit Date
Has anyone ever told you that "you'll quit when you're ready"? If you wait for the perfect time to quit, it may never come. You could find yourself facing a serious smoking-related illness while you're waiting "to be ready".
Prepare to Quit Smoking -- a Free Email Course
This in-depth 6-part free email course will help you prepare for a successful quit program. Topics covered include developing the will to quit smoking, reviewing reasons to quit, quit smoking benefits, quit smoking aids,and how to find support for your quit program. You'll get info on supplies to gather ahead of time to help manage physical withdrawal from nicotine.
After the Last Cigarette
Have all of the years of smoking or chewing caused too much damage for quitting to be of any benefit? The human body is amazingly resilient, and within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the healing process begins. Quit smoking benefits will continue to improve your health and quality of life for years.
Make your dreams come true this year. Don't be afraid to quit smoking. You have every bit as much ability to quit smoking as the next person. Believe in yourself and the sky truly is the limit.