When Is It Time To Quit ?

How hard can it really be? There’s nothing wrong with getting up every day and going back to bed, or even stopping for a moment every so often. If we’re willing to do these things, we should be able to kick the habit and avoid the terrible aches and pains that result from the urge to smoke or drink. It all goes back to motivation, and the knowledge that, with enough time and effort, our habits can be changed.

Some say you can’t kick a bad habit. Not everyone is as brave as me, and many don’t feel ready to quit right away. What I’ve found is that, no matter how hard it is, no matter how much willpower it takes to finally kick the habit — it still turns out to be really easy. Sometimes less is more. Some days I can’t get out of bed when the urge calls and sometimes I need to have a cup of coffee in order to kick the habit. Whatever it takes for me, I do, but it just so happens that I can do it on my own time…

Step One: Take the Time to Stop.

Just as I mentioned above, it’s hard to do and I’m not suggesting everyone else do it. If you’re reading a book, or doing something else that’s mindless, it’s probably best to keep doing that for a while. It’s probably just as good a time to get some fresh air. But, there’s no need to quit doing something as important as smoking completely or to begin a diet until you’ve had one or two days off.

Take the time to quit. Get yourself a cup of hot coffee or even tea and just stop for a minute. If the habit does begin to creep back in, you’ll be ready on day three. Some people will say that if you can’t give yourself the time needed to make this habit difficult or difficult to break, the habit can’t possibly be broken. Just know that there are tons of people who have quit cigarettes, alcohol, and everything else by just taking a short break where they don’t have the urge to smoke or drink. It takes the habit a week or two to break, and if you want to know how to quit a good habit as well as a bad one, take the time now, when the habit is new and fresh.¬†

Step Two: Know When It’s Time to Quit .

Before you can commit to quitting a bad habit, you have to know what it is you need to quit. Some people simply need to quit coffee drinking and can do that in just one day. Others quit smoking after one or two weeks. For others there’s a lot more work they need to do to break the habit. If they already smoke, it’s hard to imagine how much more they need to try to quit. If they already drink alcohol, it’s even harder to imagine how much more they’ll need to avoid. This is not a time to get stuck in “no go” zones — think of it as the first leg of the “four legs good, two legs bad” triad. The same process of planning ahead and taking the time to plan can also be applied to other bad habits.

Think of a certain thing you can stop doing, or at least limit how much you’re going to do after every day or two: If it’s one, say one thing you need to stop doing. If it’s two, think of how much you need to stop doing it. And, if it’s three, imagine that you need to stop doing it three times over, and you need to be able to do this every day, for example.¬†Step Three: Plan for the Impossible and Do It So This Is What Happens.

When it’s time to put the work into breaking a bad habit, it gets real easy. Take your time and put an intense focus on what needs to be done, every day. When I had my habit of drinking, I realized it took about every three weeks to finally quit. This was three weeks of work, six weeks of preparation, several weeks of planning and planning. When it was finally time to stop, it was only about a week later.