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Have you struggled to break a habit or addiction? Here's how I quit a 10-year smoking habit--it's a different way of thinking and acting. I hope it works as well for you as it did for me!
than it is to think your self into a new way of acting."
-Jo Berry, author
Years ago, in Los Angeles, California, I heard Ms Berry speak about how to get rid of a bad habit. Jo asked her audience, "How long have you thought about giving up this habit? Has it done any good to just think about it?"
I had to admit that for years I thought and thought about quiting smoking. No matter how much I thought about quitting, I had not made it through one day in over ten years without a cigarette. (Now, through understanding how the Law of Attraction works, I can see that by "pushing against" a habit, I was reinforcing it.)
Jo told us that if we started to ACT LIKE what we wanted to be or do, then our thoughts and feelings would follow. In the flash of a moment, I understood that I could quit smoking by acting like a non-smoker. Of course the next question was, "How does a non-smoker act?" Quickly followed by, "What does a non-smoker do with their hands?" The answer came ever so gently: "They fold their hands." I figured that folding my hands when I wanted a cigarette was symbolic as well as appropriate! And it worked. I haven't had or wanted a cigarette since Sept. 13, 1976.
Instead of trying to change a habit by thinking or feeling differently, begin to get a picture of yourself acting as you would without that habit. What would you say or do differently? Try ACTING in a new way, then notice how much better you feel.
About a week after I began "acting as if" I was a non-smoker, I was standing at the register at the grocery store, just hoping I could by-pass the cigarettes staring me in the face, when the fellow ahead of me got upset that they were out of his brand! Without thinking, I said, "It's a good thing I quit smoking." Well, I certainly could not buy a pack of cigarettes after making THAT announcement! I still get a good laugh from remembering that day. It was a sign that acting differently was working better than trying to change my thoughts or feelings. If you have a stubborn habit, and have not been able to "reach for a higher vibration" that helps you quit, give this a try!