Now, if your brain has all sorts of programs, bells or alarms going off in your mind right now… “a degree? A doctorate? I don’t have time for that! I cannot afford to go back to school” OR whatever is firing off in your head right now. These are just programs that YOU can rewire and YOU can control.
What do I mean about getting a PHD in quitting?
I heard someone talking about “Pig-Headed Determination” one day and how he used this philosophy to grow his business. He was talking about NEVER giving up. I realized I needed to have this “PHD”, when it came to quitting.
I had to be determined like never before. I needed to make sure I never stopped quitting. Then, it clicked for me … kind of like a light switch turning on or off. I wanted to flip that switch to the ‘off’ position and never turn it back on.
I just had to be stronger than the action, behavior or inanimate object I wanted to quit, in this case a feeble cigarette. I knew tens if not hundreds of thousands of people had quit smoking. I knew I was every bit as strong-willed as they were, but my determination may had been lacking during previous attempts to quit. I need to have a NEW message playing in my head each time I wanted to smoke.
I re-programmed myself to think “I’m every bit as strong and capable as these other people” or “if they can quit, so can I” or “This is the silliest thing…a cigarette trying to get me, a 225 pound human to bend to its will…oh yeah, it doesn’t have a ‘will’, because it’s just a thing”.
In order to help me with this, I wrote out a plan for myself. This plan morphed into what is now known as the 8 Step Action Plan to Quit Smoking. It helped me get my PHD and I think it will help you get yours, too!