I was like you - struggling with smoking. Even though I knew it was a harmful habit that was killing me little by little, I just couldn't quit.
Now, I didn't have any sort of spiritual revelation. I read the book Atomic Habits by James Clear and it helped me to understand how habits work, and so I started.
I began by filling my life with positive habits such as working out a little every day, reading just a couple of minutes, meditating 2 minutes and so on. I began doing them just a little bit of time every day, and then I began to increase the time gradually.
As a way to counter-attack my cravings for smoking, I got myself an e-cigarette. Which in addition to my positive habits, began to change my mindset.
I wanted to adopt the mindset of someone who is free from bad habits, someone who's a high achiever - and I began working towards building that identity.
That's how I have stayed quit for the last 20 minutes - by starting small and eventually scaling my habits. Now I work out 5 das a week 45-60 minutes every day, I can hold a meditation session for as long as 20 minutes and I read 30-45 minutes every day.
I can say, with confidence, that it has contributed a lot to resist the temptation from smoking, being vaping my last resort, and I have to say it's been quite effective.
I hope that my story helps you and inspires you all!
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