Are You Ready?

If you've made it to this page, you clearly have some interest in quitting, but there may be something that's holding you back from getting started.

Is it time for you to take action?

I wrote this page to help you assess where you are. It's designed to help you look at your feelings about smoking and about quitting, and decide whether or not now is the time for you to move forward.

By the way, only you can answer these questions, and whatever your answers are, they are OK. The questions are based on what other people have told me about their feelings about quitting. The ONLY purpose of these questions is to help you look at whatever feelings you have, and make a decision about what to do from here.

This is important: No matter what your answers are, they do NOT mean anything about what kind of person you are, or what your chances are for quitting successfully. They are just about your feelings, to help you decide what you really want to do, deep down. OK?


Social Stigma - Self-Image

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions:

Smoking may be causing an uncomfortable psychological conflict for you around how you want others to see you and how you see yourself. This can impact different areas of your life, including career, family (being a good example), and even casual social situations. Perceiving how others see you is a lot like looking in a mirror – for most people it is uncomfortable when the image doesn't match what you want to present.

On a scale of 1-10, how important is it to you to feel like you are presenting an image of yourself to others that is consistent with your ideals, that you are being a good role model?


Self Respect - Integrity

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions:

You are impacted by ‘integrity' issues related to smoking. It means you may be experiencing an uncomfortable psychological conflict between how honest or trustworthy you feel with regard to smoking compared to how you are in the rest of your life. Smoking is causing a conflict between how you are around smoking and your own values around being honest and trustworthy.

On a scale of 1-10, how important is it to you to feel like you can keep your word, and that people can count on you to do what you say you're going to do?


Self Control - Autonomy

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions:

Smoking may be causing an uncomfortable psychological conflict for you around your sense of autonomy or self-control. In other areas of your life you may feel perfectly capable, but your inability to quit smoking stands in conflict with that, impacting your sense of yourself by making you question whether you are a strong and capable person.

On a scale of 1-10, how important is it to you to feel like you're a strong and capable person with reasonable self-control?


Now that you've gotten a sense of how smoking is currently impacting you, I have one last question to help you crystallize where you stand.

Magic Wand Question

Think about your responses above as you answer this final question:

If I could wave a magic wand and take away your every desire to smoke…

...would you want me to do it?

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Your answer to that question is important. If you answered ‘no,' you really aren't ready to quit yet. That's OK – it's a valid answer.

But if you answered yes, what it means is this:

When you strip away all the fear and anxiety about actually quitting, you really do want to be free from cigarettes and smoking.

 

And if you really do want to be free from cigarettes and smoking, I can teach you how.

Sign up for the free mini-course. Or go ahead and get the full program now.

Free Mini Quit Smoking Course

The mini-course is a series of quit smoking lessons delivered over e-mail. Each lesson explains an important concept and an action step you can take to address it. Plus you will also get answers from the Quit Smoking Advisor, published every couple of weeks.

What Others Are Saying

"What did I like best about the program? It works! After 20 years of smoking, I didn't think I'd be able to quit, but The Complete Quit System not only showed me how to quit successfully, it told me exactly what to expect during the process—right down to my cigarette dream!"

— Georgia S., Los Angeles


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— Terry S., DDS, New Mexico


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—Elizabeth B., Graduate Student