Archive for June, 2007

I often see people looking for a quitting buddy before they make their big decision to pack-in-the-puff. But does having a buddy to share your pains with really work?

Let’s look at this in a little more detail.

When you are seeking a quitting partner, what you are really saying to yourself is that you don’t want to quit on your own. Or even worse … that you can’t quit on your own! Immediately a small cloud has been cast above your head as soon as you start thinking about quitting partners because you’re saying to yourself that you don’t have the strength.

Now that isn’t to say that by having someone to share your troubles with is a really terrible thing and will condemn you to failure. Not at all! But it will make things a little more pressured than it needs to be.

When you put yourself under pressure you create stress for yourself. Stress is a trigger to make you smoke.

What’s the answer then? Well if you and a friend made the decision at the same time and it seems like the logical way to proceed then it would be very beneficial for you both to spend time together away from smoky crowds and atmospheres.

However I wouldn’t encourage that you actively seek a quitting buddy, if one falls on your lap then great you can assume it was meant to be. But if you don’t know anyone else wanting to quit at the same time as you then forget about them and go down your own path.

Decision is the absolute key to quitting weed. Make the decision and stick to it. 30 days later, you’re clean, fresh and feel like a brand new person. Why not try it? You never know you might like it! 🙂

The way to develop decisiveness is to start right where you are, with the very next question you face.

Napoleon Hill

As an ex-pot-smoker, it took me several months to finally get my act together and unearth some powerful techniques to aid in the quitting process. Most believe that willpower alone is all you need to stop smoking cigarettes or to rid your addiction.

Although will power sounds like a nice thing to have, what exactly is it? Is it an unseen force that we can all call upon on demand? How come some people can summon more of it than others?

I believe will power isn’t an unseen force or mystical power, in fact I believe that willpower is the same as creating a decision. You make countless decisions on a daily basis, some decisions that you make are larger than others. For example, it doesn’t really matter that much if you put your hair in a bun today or whether you leave it loose.

However what about the decision to go to work today or not? Now this has a larger impact on your entire day. You never know – it might be that you get caught taking a day off work and the consequence is that you get fired! That one decision to have a day off then rippled through your life causing various different effects.

Similar with making a decision to give up weed, you have a ripple effect. By not smoking today, you will experience an effect or outcome because of it – which might be as bad as an argument or as good as some positive praise from family and friends.

The first step I took to quit my pot addiction was to make the decision! This is critically important. Most people make a half hearted decision to quit smoking weed and then relapse soon after. It is this half heartedness that really does the devastating damage because there is resistance to doing it.

It’s like saying …

  • I want to quit smoking pot, but I like the feelings it gives me.
  • I want a new job, but I don’t think I’ll get a new one.
  • I want more money, but I don’t deserve it because I don’t do anything!

If you attack quitting smoking weed with resistance then you will fail and relapse. You’ll just a quickly be able to justify why you can smoke and why you should because that firm decision was not behind you.

My advise would be to make the decision and instead of looking for excuses and reasons as to why you cannot quit. Make a list of all the reasons why you can give up, why you should give up and why you want to give up.