April 29, 2012
Being an ex smoker and a counselor I have found one of the most difficult things with quitting smoking is losing motivation when things get tough..
The thing about motivation is that it’s not a constant variable. Today might be a high point but tomorrow gone. As Zig Ziglar put it: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
That’s why I made this post. If you are considering quitting smoking, or have already quit and need a little boost to keep going, than I suggest you take a look at this list.
PS: I have written my own comments to most of quotes, explaining why I think this particular thought is important. EnjoyJ
PPS: add to comments if you have some good ones:)
1) The hardest distance is always from the sofa to the front door
Erki Nool, Olympic winner
> Every beginning is difficult, but it gets easier from there on
2) The secret of getting ahead is getting started
> There will never be a “perfect” time to quit smoking. A time when you don’t have any distractions or stress… If you had started today one year ago, this would not even be an issue for you today! Don’t waste another year!
3) The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going
> Imagine, as realistically as possible, the place where you want to be in the near future, the state you wish to reach and the Universe will help you and guide you
4) Your life is in your hands, to make of it what you choose
> It’s all about choices! You choose, you make the rules, not tobacco companies, not addiction
5) Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail
Ralph Waldo Emerson
> Most people, who have quit smoking, have had at least one unsuccessful try in the past. It is not important how many times you try to quit. The only important thing is, that eventually you stay quit
6) We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
> Quitting smoking is rather a marathon than a sprint. It is not a one-time attempt, but a longer effort
7) It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.
> Not trying is the surest way of achieving nothing at all.
8 ) People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.
> It is good from time to time to recall all those big and little reasons why you wanted to quit smoking in the first place. Reading this blog once in a while might also be helpfulJ
9) Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.
> Desire is making people build ships and cities, has made men conquer nations… and it can defeat that nicotine
10) People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.
Norman Vincent Peale
> When we start focusing on things we can do and don’t think so much about the things we can’t do, things really start to happen
11) Men are born to succeed, not fail.
Henry David Thoreau
12) What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.
> You are as strong as you think you are, you can achieve things you think you can achieve, its all in your head
13) Every human has four endowments- self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
14) There is no such thing in anyone’s life as an unimportant day.
> Today just might be the best day to start seriously thinking about quitting smoking…
15) They can because they think they can.
16) There are those who dream and wish and there are those who dream and work.
> Which ones do you think are happier?
17) Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
> Don’t let tobacco companies make the choices for you… they care about their own well-being, not yours
18) You can have anything you want, if you want it badly enough. You can be anything you want to be, do anything you set out to accomplish if you hold to that desire with singleness of purpose.
19) If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you’ll be unhappy for the rest of your life.
Abraham H. Maslow
> Quitting smoking can be a very good test of ones character. Pass the test and you will have accomplished so much more than just get rid of one bad habit
20) Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
> Every failure can be considered as a tragedy or a chance to learn something. The latter is healthierJ
21) At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer.
> How important is it really that you feel satisfied right now for 2 minutes, compared to getting yourself free from addiction forever?
22) It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.
> Many people all over the world have quit smoking. You can too
23) Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
Earl of Chesterfield
> There will never be a better time to start quitting smoking than today
24) Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
Pope John XXIII
25) You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
> All good thoughts and ideas mean nothing without action
26) Everything that is happening at this moment is a result of the choices you’ve made in the past.
> The choices you make today design your future
27) Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
> Every time you try to quit smoking you are actually getting closer to staying smoke free
28) Victory belongs to the most persevering.
> The process of quitting smoking doesn’t end with the last cigarette. It’s not quitting itself, the real key is staying quit
29) You will never possess what you are unwilling to pursue.
> Ever heard the story about a cat that accidentally caught a mouse in his sleep? Me neither
30) He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
31) No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.
32) All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
> And more importantly – what we have chosen to do
33) It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
> It’s all in your headJ you have the power to make things seem hard or easy or even amusing. The choice is yours.
34) The best motivation is self-motivation. The guy says, “I wish someone would come by and turn me on.” What if they don’t show up? You’ve got to have a better plan for your life.
35) Our strength grows out of our weakness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
> You take a weakness and start making it stronger.. You don’t have to build your strengths – that you already possess… It is your weakness that needs the exercise
36) Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.
> Think, walk, talk and act like a nonsmoker and you will soon be oneJ
37) You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing that you think you cannot do.
> If quitting smoking seems hard right now, it is exactly what you should start doing
38) Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
> You can always lie to others and hide your actions from them… but you can not fool yourself
39) The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.
> Lets take full advantage of this discoveryJ
40) What you are is what you have been, and what you will be is what you do now.
> It is impossible to underestimate the significance of your today’s choices
41) You were born with potential.
You were born with goodness and trust.
You were born with ideals and dreams.
You were born with greatness.
You were born with wings.
You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
You have wings.
Learn to use them and fly.
42) We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
43) And all may do what has by man been done.
> Men before you have quit smoking – you can too!
44) We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
> Today you can start forming habits for overcoming all obstacles in life… even nicotine cravings
45) Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
> Changing a habit is hard work. But it’s harder to find work that would be more fulfilling
46) If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe
> If easier solutions did not get you through, its time to put more effort in your attempts
47) Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher
48) If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the roadside until some one comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.
John B. Gough
49) Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
> to quit smoking, you must first want to quit, but then you must also do the quitting
50) Constant dripping hollows out a stone.
> No matter how difficult a task may look.. Persistence and steady action will get you through
51) Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
> Practice makes perfect – the sooner you start, the sooner you will be a happy nonsmoker
52) You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
> Not doing it is certainly the best way to not getting it
53) Keep steadily before you the fact that all true success depends at last upon yourself.
Theodore T. Hunger
> You have no one to blame and no one to take your place in this task
54) The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
Frank Loyd Wright
> Self fulfilling prophecies do exist in real life
55) The surest way not to fail is to determine to succeed.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
> Self confidence is the ground stone of success
56) Success is sweet: the sweeter if long delayed and attained through manifold struggles and defeats.
A. Branson Alcott
> Easy come, easy go… “Achieve-everything-while-doing-nothing” schemes don’t work, they are just not logical
57) Failures do what is tension relieving, while winners do what is goal achieving.
> The easiest thing is to make sure you feel happy and satisfied in this moment. Setting long term goals is much more effort taking, but at the same time much more fulfilling.
58) Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
> The perfect day for quitting is not real. It will never come, so might as well start today
59) A day will never be anymore than what you make of it.
Josh S. Hinds
> Make today count, so that you can look at it tomorrow and feel proud
60) It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through.
> Things don’t just happen, people make them happen
61) Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.
Henry David Thoreau
> Take a moment to imagine all the benefits that come with your new found freedom from nicotine