Zen of the Quit


Don’t Kid Yourself


Seriously. Don’t even try. It isn’t going to work. You may think you can skate on this, but there’s a part of you that knows what you’re up to, and that’s the part of you that you need the most if you’re going to get free and stay that way.

In an earlier post, I talked about putting together a list of reasons why you want to quit and a list of reasons why you want to keep smoking. I cautioned you not to list “generic” reasons that sound good. Here’s why:

Deep inside, there’s a part of you that knows when you’re serious and when you’re not. You can’t bullshit this part of yourself. If you try, it won’t necessarily call bullshit (although it might, if you listen closely enough), but it won’t back your play when it knows you’re not serious.

You can fool other people with reasons that sound good, but you can’t fool yourself. And when you get to the next step, if you’ve got a bunch of sound good reasons on your lists, you’re wasting your time.

Get real, or don’t bother.

More on this as we go on.

(If you're feeling a bit lost, it may be helpful to go back to the first post and follow along in order.)

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