So, the latest research published in the British Medical Council (BMC) shows that smoking will kill more than two thirds of smokers? Are you a smoker? Will this shocking statistic make any difference to your habits? I predict it probably won't. As a therapist, I'm less interested in the facts regarding smoking, and more interested in why people stubbornly stick to dangerous habits despite the known concerns. What motivates them to continue smoking? What would be a more powerful motivator to stop? What will be the trigger that leads them to seek support?
For many it's the belief that they are powerfully addicted to nicotine, and that does play a part. It's more likely, though, that they are addicted to the idea of being a smoker and the identity that goes with it, to the habit or the process of smoking and the rituals associated with it. Smoking becomes an anchored activity in many contexts. It's also another example of our remarkable capacity to compartmentalise things, to avoid, to put on the back shelf and to deny. The subconscious mind is a magnificant thing, for better or for worst.
So, why do you smoke? Why do you not NOT smoke? Thinking about these things can be the first step to changing this expensive and deathly habit. Want support in making the change, then why not get in touch....
Andrew Flounders | TheMindworx | Professional Hypnotherapy and NLP Services | Morpeth | Northumberland | The North East