We have five senses which we use to make sense of the world. We can also use these five senses in our imagination. And remember, the reason we have imagination is to facilitate change. Now try this short exercise. You might want to practice it often with your eyes closed until it becomes very natural. Imagine that you've quit smoking for a year. What will you look like? Imagine your skin looking clear and glowing with health. How will it feel to have successfully given up smoking? Imagine the sense of achievement and freedom you will have. Think about how fresh and clean your home, clothes and hair will smell. Think about how great food will taste. Use all of your senses to create your own incredible future.
It is an interesting point that if you ask someone who is not ready to stop to complete this exercise, they are not prepared to imagine themselves one to two years ahead - it is as if they have a mental block. Someone who is using willpower to quit, and who is struggling, will also probably be reluctant to do this exercise. One thing that we have noticed repeatedly is that people who are prepared to use their imagination to create a positive non-smoking future enjoy huge success.
Remember that using your imagination and making a 100% commitment to quitting are absolutely crucial. These are the two key points to come back to if you are having trouble.
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