I was going to wait until day 365 to do a speech, but what the hell…
I have come to the realization that I am not a very good quitter. I am sure that I am like a lot of others who have tried to quit numerous times. I have had quits of 5 months, 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 day, and 6 hours. I suck at quitting. Well, I used to suck at quitting. I am tired of failing.
This time is going to be the last time I quit. I have done a lot of things differently this time and I would like to share those things with you.
6 Ways To Be A Good Quitter
1. Invest in KTC– I don’t mean financially (although they probably won’t turn it down!). I mean by getting to know other members, exchange phone numbers, emails, whatever it takes. Read all of the HOF speeches when you are having a tough time. Read the Jenny and Tom Kern story. Hit the chat room. Make this site a part of your life.
2. Post roll everyday– make that commitment everyday, try to post in the morning if possible. If posting is not an option, text one of your group members. Don’t fall into the habit of posting when it’s convenient or when you feel like it. Be accountable to your group!
3. Treat your quit as a challenge– the first 3-4 days absolutely suck, but you can make it. There are a lot of us who have made it. It does get better! Challenge yourself to make it.
4. Take it one day at a time– it is pretty intimidating to think about quitting for a week, a month, or a year. Relax and quit for today.
5. Don’t let the addiction fool you- your brain will tell you all sorts of messages as your quit goes on: “You’ll be back”. “What if I have just one dip”? “What are the odds you will get cancer”? “I don’t need to post roll today, it’s not that important”. “What if I just had one dip each day”? All of these messages are lies and deep down you know it.
6. Make a good choice– ultimately it is your choice each day whether you will dip or not. It is great to think about all of the “good chews” you had but it’s easy to forget the side effects which are too many to name. Each day make a good choice, make the right choice.
These strategies have worked for me and hopefully they can work for you.