Nearly everyone has dealt with quitting bad habits, some more difficult to overcome than others. Many times, the mindset of the person wanting to quit is what has to change. This is why quitting bad habits from personal conviction brings lasting victory.
External Pressures to Quit
When it comes down to it, external pressures to quit a bad habit aren't sufficient for the lasting victory. Even when the price of cigarettes in Australia reaches its projected $40/pack in 2020, smokers who aren't convicted enough to quit will keep on with their habit. While smokers might try to cut down or make more money to afford their cigarettes, many will find ways to continue.
For non-smokers, paying that much money for an unhealthy habit seems ridiculous, yet what about the bad habits they may have? There are many other costly bad habits besides smoking, such as: shopping addictions, over-eating, gambling, drinking, drugs, sexual ventures, and many more.
Some habits are more frowned upon than others by society, yet even when habits are expensive and frowned upon by mainstream societal influences, people will still continue their bad habits if there's no personal conviction to quit.
For instance, the Australian Bureau of Statistics pressures smokers with these facts:
“Tobacco smoking is one of the largest preventable causes of death and disease in Australia. It is associated with an increased risk of a wide range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer, renal disease, eye disease and respiratory conditions such as asthma, emphysema and bronchitis.”
These kind of warnings are even on the side of the cigarette packs themselves, yet 2.6 million Australian adults were still daily smokers in 2014-15.
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Even with the positive downturn reported in an article from ABC called: “Smoking rates at 'all-time lows' as number of daily smokers almost halves over 20 years”, posted September 2016”, there are still many smokers defying all the odds by continuing their bad habit. The article explains:
“Researchers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) compiled a report into smoking patterns, finding less than 13 percent of Australians are daily smokers.”
The 20 year downturn is good, yet the outrageous prices for tobacco and health warnings should have nearly wiped out the smoking habit by now. Really, no other non-criminal bad habit has ever been under so much severe pressure to cease and desist, than smoking tobacco.
This just goes to show how important internal motivations are in the quitting process; changing mindsets and growing personal conviction are more powerful motivators than even the harshest external pressures.
Changing Mindsets and Growing Personal Conviction to Quit
The impetus for quitting a bad habit is personal conviction; the mindset that was prevalent to induce the habit must be replaced with a new one that doesn't involve the habit.
External factors do cause people to look closer at their habits, yet a strong case to quit needs to be developed within a person. This case to quit has to outweigh the case to do the bad habit, in totality. The case that has the most compelling reasons will inevitably win out.
There's an element of rebelliousness involved with continuing in bad habits, especially, with smoking; some of this is back-lash from anti-smoking campaigns. For instance, smokers may resent the pressures being placed on them to stop smoking, therefore, continue smoking to spite the powers to be.
Other mentalities may come from dealing with trauma, being depressed and hopeless, self-abuse, or wrong thinking (may harm others but not me, is good for me, etc.). There are many bad habits and reasons people have for continuing them, usually stemming from root problems that need to be addressed.
Quitting smoking or any other bad habit gives people a chance to better themselves holistically. Dealing with root problems and wrong thinking, while replacing unhealthy choices for healthy ones, will lay the foundation for lasting victory and change.
Even with massive external pressures placed upon them, people won't quit their bad habits until they're personally convicted, at least not for long. This personal conviction is fostered and grown by making a case for quitting that outweighs continuing, and by dealing with any root underlying issues creating the negative mindsets.
Quitting a bad habit, like smoking cigarettes, changes peoples' lives for the better everyday. Overcoming a bad habit is rewarding and empowering, often leading to success in other areas of a person's life.
Helping people grow the personal conviction needed to quit smoking, and offering the resources and support needed to get through the difficult process, is what the QSN® Stop Smoking Program was designed for. If interested in learning more, please download the “Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?" checklist, or contact us today.