By Gayle North, Positive Change Coach

If you are still smoking or chewing tobacco, you probably do plan to stop in the future. Most people do stop, sooner or later.

Maybe you are waiting for a vague “something” to help you make up your mind. I hope this article will assist you to do just that – make up your mind and do it no that is. Think about what you have been waiting for. Is it a diagnosis to scare you, or an event or person to inspire you into making the decision to put it behind you?

Too many people use hindsight rather than foresight.

Stop for a moment and use your logic to level with yourself. You can use your foresight and stop before you burn up any more of your money and before the tobacco poisons do any more damage to your body, …. or you can wait for hindsight and complicate your life after a clinical diagnosis of damage that may or may not be reversible.

Most tobacco users have heard stories, or may even know someone personally who has been damaged by their tobacco habit. Their “friend” the cigarette or the chewing tobacco may have cost them their golf game, their breath, maybe even the ability to shower and care for themselves.

Johnny Carson and countless other celebrities died prematurely as a result of their smoking habit. Even fame and money couldn’t provide an escape from the ravages of the habit. Johnny had everything a person could want in life – except the health to enjoy it. His friend “the cigarette” slowly took it all away.
Smokers in denial about the dangers of their habit may point to elders who have used tobacco their entire life with, seemingly, no ill effect. But people who smoke into old age and live to old age are extremely rare these days probably due to so many other toxins in the environment that get compounded by tobacco use. The general consensus from 20 years of studies and research is that cigarettes are killers.

More Americans will die prematurely this year from smoking than all the Americans killed in 24 years of battle deaths from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War combined! Talk about chemical weapons of mass destruction!

The Center for Disease Control now says that on average, adult men and women shorten their lives by 13.2 and 14.5 years of life, respectively, by smoking.

If you smoke one pack a day for another month, you’ll be another month older, you will have wasted another $215 of your money, and you will have poisoned yourself with 600 more cigarettes – and your excuses will probably still be there.

In a year, figuring $5.45 per pack, you’ll spend $2,400 and get another 7,200 doses of cigarette poison. And you already know about the other hidden costs of increased insurance premiums, medical treatments, and damage to clothing, furnishings, etc.

If you smoke two packs a day, you can double those figures. Why not make candles out of your dollar bills and burn 10 of them each night? You could have some fun – and you won’t be poisoning yourself or suffering the high hidden costs.

Or you can wait until you earn the right to say “I wish I could have a second chance – I wish I would have known what I know now.” The cost of smoking can be computed financially, physically and emotionally, and your costs grow with each passing day.

Whatever your reasons for waiting – you know they are just excuses. Your loved ones are increasingly concerned about you. They wish they could make up your mind for you – but they can’t. Only you can do this for yourself. Why not make up your mind and stop now?

Ask yourself this question: IF I TRULY LOVED MYSELF WOULD I BE USING TOBACCO? You already know the answer. Help is available. Consider letting go of your habit the easy way – with HYPNOSIS.

Gayle North is a Positive Change Coach offering programs to create fast, easy, lasting positive change in your life. Call (406) 250-4038 to speak with Gayle about your goals.

On Healing Your Past

By Gayle North, Positive Change Coach

When you heal your past, your ability to accept and even delight in your present moment experience is the gift you enjoy as a reward for doing your clearing work. If you thought there was nothing you could do to get relief from memories that cause you pain every time they come to mind, read on.
Memories are ”packaged” in the subconscious with all the sights, sounds, feelings, tastes and smells associated with the original incident. This is why certain smells or music can transport you back to another time and place. You suddenly remember what you saw, felt and heard – and you are essentially there again in your mind. The smell or the music opened up the whole “packaged” memory.

You can use this phenomenon to your advantage. When you pay attention to an unpleasant feeling in your body – a sinking feeling in your stomach or tightness in your chest for instance, without attempting to escape from it, you can let the feeling lead you to a healing experience. Those feelings are a sign that something is ready to be noticed and cleared.

Feelings are not just an “idea” in the brain. They are chemically produced body sensations. Your thought or re-membrance of an event produces feelings almost instantaneously.

Think of your feelings as messengers letting you know that something needs to be healed or cleared up. When you begin to explore the physical sensations with curiosity accepting all of your feelings without needing to judge them as “good” or “bad”, you allow them to fulfill their purpose.

To heal or “clear” the emotional blocks, a certain level of awareness is required. Many people avoid awareness by habitually reaching out for their favorite medicine (chocolate, shopping, cigarettes, or alcohol). These and similar options are only substitutes for the authentic peace and joy they seek. These destructive habits help you to by-pass your emotional/mental clearing work and also keep you stuck in the suffering of being blocked from your potential.

You will find it easier to leave your compulsive behaviors behind once you dissolve the self-criticism and feelings of rejection, guilt and shame related to painful past experiences.

You can use either your behaviors or your feelings as the starting point for healing. Either way, the clearing process can be comparatively painless using a number of techniques that didn’t even exist twenty years ago.

When you are ready to explore the idea of releasing yourself from your unwanted emotional or behavioral patterns for good, you will find assistance from a competent coach or counselor useful. Find someone who can facilitate your process with an effective combination of proven empowerment techniques. A skillful practitioner can help you to get results easier and faster than you may have thought possible.

From then on and for the rest of your life, it will feel almost as if the original experience happened to someone else – not you – because you don’t feel the discomfort anymore when you think about it. With the old automatic program effectively cleared from your deeper mind, you can be free from the self-sabotage of the past.

Hypnosis and related empowerment techniques can then help you replace the old programs with new ones that you choose for yourself. You will then be free to respond in a way that supports you to Living Your Best Life rather than repeating old robotic responses.

Gayle North is a Positive Change Coach offering programs to create fast, easy, lasting positive change in your life. Call (406) 250-4038 to speak with Gayle about your goals.