What is the Secret Behind Quitting Smoking?
Stopping smoking is more than changing a habit – it is a change in LifeStyle. This is why quitting smoking is a “coaching” issue. And NLP Coaching is the best way to do it.
The secret behind quitting smoking is about changing your self-image.
This is the true secret to success.
What is a Self-Image?
Everyone has a subconscious self-image, or identity. This self-image is subconscious
and includes everything you “believe” about who you are. It includes all your thoughts,
feelings, beliefs, habits, values, and behaviors.
However, this self-image is completely made up and forever changing.
The self-image is like a sculpture of you – that is constantly being shaped and changed over time.
This self-image is very powerful, because everything you Think, everything you Feel,
everything you Do, will Always line up with your identity, with your self-image, with “who
you believe you are.
To successfully quit smoking you want to update your self-image to the new you.
This includes a new lifestyle.
This doesn’t need to be totally new. Consider it to be more of a LifeStyle upgrade:
Your Life 2.0.
Your Life 2.0 – includes upgrades that are an improvement over the old you.
Many people talk about the myths around smoking. Some describe smoking as an
addiction that will never go away.
But I would counter that thought, because I quit smoking many years ago, and I don’t
have any cravings. I don’t consider myself to be a smoker. I am not addicted to
I am living proof that it can be different.
Many of my clients are living proof that it can be done.
This brings up an interesting question.
What allows a person to even think about reaching for a cigarette?
What happens in their mind?
The reason a person can even think about reaching for a cigarette as an option, is
because – part of their self image includes the identity of being a smoker.
You may even hear them say: “I AM a smoker.”
“I am…” is an identity statement.
When you hear a person state “I am…” they are sharing something about what they
believe (subconsciously) about who they are.
The NonSmoker Identity
People who are nonsmokers would never think about reaching for a cigarette, because
it’s simply not who they are. Reaching for a cigarette is not an option. It’s not even on
The nonsmoker opens up the menu to see plenty of choices they can reach for. Under
stress, they may do some crazy things, but reaching for a cigarette is not one of them.
Part of their identity, their self-image, includes being a nonsmoker. That means,
reaching for a cigarette is not an option.
Then what about someone who thinks about smoking, even 5, 10, 30 years after they
That person has not updated their self image. Their identity includes a “belief” that they
are still a smoker.
Even though they have not smoked in 30 years, smoking is still an option, because their
subconscious identity includes Being a Smoker.
Here is an interesting example.
A client came to see me a few years ago. She had started smoking again after quitting
30 years before.
Now, 30 years is a very long time!!
Do you realize your body completely replaces itself within a few months? Every single
cell of your body has been replaced in less than one year. In about six months all the
cells have been replaced and you have an entirely new body.
So in 30 years this woman was definitely a new person.
All of the chemicals were gone from her body. There was no addiction.
She was not having physical cravings. What happened with her was mental. On a
deeper level, what tripped her up was her self-image, her subconscious identity.
She had updated her self-image when she quit smoking 30 years ago, but she did not
fully update her self-image into being a nonsmoker.
Instead, she updated her self image that goes something like this:
“I am a smoker, who has not smoked, in 30 years.”
Her identity was a self-image of a person who is a smoker, and has managed not to
smoke for a very long time.
That leaves the door wide open!
That means the option to smoke was still on the table. It was still on the menu.
If you want to take that option off the table, then you need to remove that option from
your subconscious self-image. You need to update your self-image fully into being a
Why is this important?
Because a nonsmoker would never think about reaching for a cigarette. Its just not who
Now does this take the choice to smoke completely away from your life, forever? No. Of
You are always in control – and you always have choice.
In fact, if you think back to the first time you ever reached for a cigarette, you were a
nonsmoker back then. You had never smoked before. But you made the choice to do it.
And that’s because, in your mind you started changing your self-image.
Back then, you updated your identity, your subconscious Belief in who you were, into
being a “nonsmoker who is ready to give smoking a try”!!
That’s what happened.
You managed to update your self-image into a new version that goes something like
“Yes I am a nonsmoker, but I’m ready to be cool, so I’m ready to reach for a cigarette.”
So you have already proven you can update your self-image. You have done it before.
You can do it again.
The Power of the Self-Image
Your actions will always match who you are.
Your actions will always match who you “believe” you are – at the subconscious level.
Updating your self-image into an identity of Being a Nonsmoker is key.
This is the secret to long term success.
In my online smoking cessation program we begin to shift this inner identity, to update
your self image into being a nonsmoker.
Even better, you begin to update your self-image into being a Happy nonsmoker.
Who are you going to be when you quit smoking?
What do you want your life to be like?
You get to choose.
We apply this same concept of updating the self-image in every coaching and
hypnotherapy program because it is so important.
Because no matter what change people want to make in their life – any change YOU
want to make in your life – includes – an upgrade to your self-image.
You already do this naturally, as you are changing through the years.
For example, if someone wants a new career, they first need to update the self-image to include exploring a new career.
If a person wants to go to college they need to update the self image to include the
belief they are a person who can go to college.
And if you want to quit smoking, you want to update your self image into being a
nonsmoker – or better yet – being a happy nonsmoker.
This is the secret behind quitting smoking for the rest of your life.
And of course you are always in control. You always have choice.
Just like the first time, when you were a nonsmoker, and for whatever reason, you
decided to smoke.
You always have that choice. But you will have that choice now from the place of being
This gives you back control.
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