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  • Milestones and goals - Good or bad!

    I know in business there is sometimes debate about whether targets are a good thing, after all once you have hit them should you continue working as hard or slack off.

    The same could be true of quitting smoking, if we set the idea of 3 months, 6 months, a year etc. is there a tendency for people to feel they have succeeded once they have reached a certain milestone and let their guard down?

    I ask because of the numbers of people who have been quit for a while then suddenly find things hard again or find themselves relapsing?
    6 Years Smoke Free

  • #2
    i dont look for a target but i do look at my quitkeeper now and again to see how many i would have smoked and the cost! omg........the cost!!!!!

    but 3 6 month............i could smoke now...........i choose not to

    9 12 months down the line............i might choose to!

    the lengh of time means nothing , its what we choose to do with it......
    what goes round
    comes round
    so be nice to people.



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    • #3
      I'm paying my usual visit on the 12th of the month. I stopped six months ago today, and most days I don't even think about smoking (as a concept, never mind something I used to do or would like to do), but some days are not so good.

      On those days, the only way to treat things is in terms of getting through the signle day without giving in to temptations. Grander targets become meaningless.

      My whole concept of stopping and the way I managed to get over the cravings at the beginning was not to convince myself that I was no longer a smoker, but to convince myself that I was going to put off having the next fag. For half an hour, an hour, whatever. It got to the point that I'd tell myself I could manage for a whole day.

      Looking forward at targets has never got better. Looking backwards is another story, and I make a big deal of the latest "round" target reached, whether the period of time I've done without, the number of fags not smoked, or the amount of money in the bank.

      I smoked my last cigarette 6 Months, 13 hours and 18 minutes ago. I have £1,517.59 that I haven't spent on 6,459 cigarettes and saved 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 hours and 15 minutes of my life. The cash has been invested or spent wisely.
      My Last Fag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7gf3ILMsjE

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      • #4
        Well done Plumski
        6 Months is a massive milestone
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        • #5
          Originally posted by plumski View Post
          I'm paying my usual visit on the 12th of the month. I stopped six months ago today, and most days I don't even think about smoking (as a concept, never mind something I used to do or would like to do), but some days are not so good.

          On those days, the only way to treat things is in terms of getting through the signle day without giving in to temptations. Grander targets become meaningless.

          My whole concept of stopping and the way I managed to get over the cravings at the beginning was not to convince myself that I was no longer a smoker, but to convince myself that I was going to put off having the next fag. For half an hour, an hour, whatever. It got to the point that I'd tell myself I could manage for a whole day.

          Looking forward at targets has never got better. Looking backwards is another story, and I make a big deal of the latest "round" target reached, whether the period of time I've done without, the number of fags not smoked, or the amount of money in the bank.

          I smoked my last cigarette 6 Months, 13 hours and 18 minutes ago. I have £1,517.59 that I haven't spent on 6,459 cigarettes and saved 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 hours and 15 minutes of my life. The cash has been invested or spent wisely.
          Just watched your video again Plumski and it really brought it home to me how far you've come. Well done...genuinely!! Keep it going and please stay in touch and keep us informed.

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          • #6
            Sensible words Plumski,

            and its great to see people's achievements. It shows that it can be done.
            6 Years Smoke Free

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            • #7
              You can try this approach

              This guy, Steve Pavlina has written a very interesting article about a method he calls "the 30-day trial" . You can read it

              Have a nice day,

              Dragos

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              • #8
                Spam spam spam spam. Hungry now!!


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jan Southon View Post
                  Spam spam spam spam. Hungry now!!
                  Lunch Jan...??

                  ...You cannot prevent success, you can only delay it...

                  "It is easier to go on believing what you have always been told than to recognise the truth you've never heard before."


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                  • #10
                    Very good Austin - pmsl


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                    • #11
                      I am revisiting this thread because I never answered your question Nic. Got side-tracked (shame on me!!!).

                      IMO I think milestones are good. Should you fail (as I did) you can look back (as I do) and think well I'm finding it easier at, say, 3 weeks than I did before because I know the pitfalls and know how to deal with them and what to avoid. When I get to six months (another milestone) I shall know how to deal with it as it was then I was having the odd puff and as we all know one puff leads to another, etc, etc.

                      I will never have another puff as I would prefer to live to a ripe old age and see my grandchildren grow up and maybe even become a great-grandmother like my mum. I do hope so anyway.

                      So all in all I do agree with milestones. They give you something to aim for and looking back knowledge on what not to do or to go about things in a different way.

                      That's my opinion anyway.


                      I will not be controlled by a plant

                      Final quit 04/03/09 Patches
                      http://whyquit.com/
                      http://www.woofmang.com/tales/index.shtml
                      http://www.quitsmokingonline.com/
                      http://www.nosmokingday.org.uk/forum...unkie+thinking


                      jude, dave08, cword, catmagpie, jan southon, lorraine, debsblair, hadders, want2win, lizzyrob, bitwobbly

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                      • #12
                        Well said Jan,

                        I totally agree.
                        6 Years Smoke Free

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                        • #13
                          I agree with milestones to track progress, and celebrate achievements also... I don't go along with the "whats left to aim for" theory - in this challenge there is always more to aim for. A quit is never finished.

                          I also think keeping a close track on what is happening with a diary is a great idea... you can look back and see exactly how you were feeling on any day should you want to for any reason
                          I finally saw sense, after 22 years of 20+ per day, on 12th September 2008.
                          May I recommend you have a peruse of the following websites?
                          Tales from the quit WhyQuit Freedom From Smoking Quit Smoking Online

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