Why did I decide to quit smoking? Long story short, I had every reason/excuse to continue using it… ex. PTSD, depression, anxiety, unreal stress, etc… You name it. I had a reason. My choice for quitting smoking has gotten some praise, but also some confusion.
It all started when I visited the Impact Theory YouTube channel and saw a video interview done by Tom Bilyeu with an Indian mystic.
If you don’t know what Impact Theory is or who Tom is, then I suggest you take a look. This show prides itself by sharing the content of some of the highest peak performers in the world. They also shared their secrets on how they became peak performers. It’s totally worth a binge, or 10. Thanks to Tom’s show, I got hooked on the idea of peak performance. But could I achieve peak performance while smoking? Well that’s debatable.. and that also depends on the person.
Fast forward: This is what got me… the mystic that Tom interviewed dropped a bomb on me by mentioning this example (and forgive me as I brutally paraphrase this from my memory). The mystic said something along the lines, “Do you trust the airline pilot thats smoked up”…
Then suddenly, that very statement clicked, and I got curious. I realized that it may be worth it to stop smoking to see how high of a peak performer I can become. I also interpreted this statement as: When you are in the care of other people can you afford the performance risk? As someone who cares for others (my family and small group community) I deeply absorbed this concept. Then I decided to take extreme action.
My Personal Hacks
It’s all about healthy replacements. I recommend taking 3 showers (or more) per day when the jitters creep in…
I also recommend listening to some type of calming zen-like music (combine this while in the shower for maximum stimulation).
The most important step in my journey that sped up this process was this: Push your pain tolerance above the pain you are currently experiencing. Comfort and convenience are now the enemy. Going to the gym DURING your withdrawal period will oddly help you accelerate past your pain. Think of it as 2x’ing your pain.
How is that intelligent? Well it’s counter-intuitive for sure, but it works! Why is more intentional pain good? Well by elevating your pain threshold the withdrawals end up feeling like a joke once your done intentionally stressing your mind, body or soul. Ex. What I did was simple. Whenever I felt some goosebumps or weakness, I would either jump in the shower or do a full body workout. Obviously water intake is a must.
I recommend taking apple cider vinegar every day to help cleanse your system. Also load up on supplements such as the ones found at my homepage by ONNIT.
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My last piece of advice is to embrace a fearless comeback kid mentality to rip this new challenge to shreds.
If you are afraid or worried about something when it comes to attempting quitting smoking, I recommend you read more about challenging fear at my other article called Fear is Costing You Time and Money or my other article called How to Turn Your Hobbies into Careers