How to stop smoking--and other stuff
Here's an article from CNN about smoking cessation for women:
The first two, especially, hit on what a friend of mine used to talk about as the way to quit. They changed their self-definition from smoker to non-smoker.
- The first, Liz, says, "I used to love it, but now the smell makes me sick," she says. "It's not who I am anymore."
- The second, Natasha says, "I realized that I was becoming a nonsmoker."
I love this! There are many ways to approach changing your self-definition. I think no matter how you slice it, it's a transformation of thought based on a higher concept of yourself that you need to adopt to dispel unhealthy habits or traits.
And whenever you're doing something like this, aren't you turning from the physical evidence and declaring, "No! That's not who I am!" You almost have to declare and accept this *first* before the outward transformation takes place. You have to let it fill your mind before you see it happen outwardly.
Some people might find this hard to do in the face of overwhelming physical evidence. I mean, some of these ladies had smoked for years. To appearances, they were smokers. But internally, they began to entertain the notion they were *not* smokers, and they then began to be able to adjust to that new outlook.
Some people can do this through their own strong wills. Others need a bit of a boost. I'm one of the latter. My boost comes from Christian Science reasoning, which, no matter what the physical evidence I'm facing, always brings me back to the core concept that I am the image and likeness of the Divine. If I'm dealing with something that's unlike the Divine, I can instead adopt mentally, then outwardly, its opposite—harmony, peace, health. I never have to put up with anything in my self-definition that is less than that.
You can uplift that self-definition any time, no matter what it seems you're stuck with. Start with accepting something higher in your thought, and let that shape your experience.
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