Dealing With The Undesirable Consequences
We all know about the positive aspects of giving up smoking, and for the most part we know about the difficult side too. If you really want to break the hold that cigarettes have over you, you need to be ready to deal with the bad stuff. Paradoxically, though, you will do yourself no favors by considering the bad stuff ahead of the good. So how do you deal with the negative side while not turning it into a dominating issue?
The truth of the matter is that the bad side will be there whether or not you focus on it. The best way of dealing with it is to push it as far into the background as you possibly can. While it may seem like naivete to ignore the bad aspects, the truth is that you are not really doing anything harmful – you are accentuating the positive and preventing the negative side from becoming all-consuming. By focusing on the positive you can deal with the negative by diminishing it to the point where it ceases to be a factor.
When you break your leg, it gets put in a plaster cast so that there is no pressure placed on the healing bones. Your positive mental attitude can be the plaster cast that prevents you from racing back to the cigarettes and unravelling all of your good work. It’s not infallible – nothing is – but it is much better to back your own willpower and succeed than spend hundreds of dollars finding out what works.