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Smoking vs. Quitting

Smoking vs. Quitting

How’s your motivation?

You can decide whether your motivation to quit is strong enough by doing this simple exercise.On the left side of this table, type in your reasons for smoking. On the right side, type in your reasons for quitting.

Click here to download the exercise below and save it to your desktop. Now type in your reasons for smoking in the left column, and your reasons for quitting in the right column. If you don't have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to download it now for free.

Reasons_for_Smoking_vs._QuittingNow, take a look at what you've come up with. It doesn't matter how many reasons there are. It only matters how important the reasons are to you. 

Which side comes out ahead? Are you leaning toward smoking or quitting?

If you are leaning toward smoking.

You may want to give it some more thought. You probably need to find a stronger reason to quit. Maybe talk to a friend who used to smoke, and ask why he or she quit.  Maybe check out "The Benefits of Quitting" and see if any of the benefits can motivate you.

If you are leaning toward quitting.

Take a second look at your reasons to quit. Is there one that really stands out? What matters most to you? Turn that into something you can use - to remember why you're quitting. For example, "I want to have more energy." Or, "I want to live to see my grandkids get married." 

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