If you’re thinking about quitting, one of the best ways to move your motivation along is to compare the good and bad things about smoking.
It's pros and cons time!
You guessed it – take a piece of paper and draw a line down the middle.
On one side write down what you like about smoking. Are there any good things about it?
On the other side, list what the bad things about smoking for you? You might consider health, kids, money or just the fact that you feel hassled by smoking. That you want to regain control. Everyone, of course, has their own personal reasons.
The more specific you can be the better.
Now step back for a moment and compare both sides. How does it weigh up? You’ve likely generated a lot of good reasons for quitting!
Some questions to consider:
- What really tugs at the heart strings? What really concerns you about smoking?
- Do you have future goals that could be impacted by continuing to smoke?
- Are there any other ways you can get what you need without smokes? E.g. if time-out is important to you, can you get your time out in a different way? How do non-smokers take time out?
- On a scale of 0 to 10, how important it is for you to quit smoking? (A score of 0 means not important, and 10 means extremely important). What’s your number? Why is it not zero? What could you change to make it higher?