Smoking is the epitome of impulsiveness. The brain decides its time for a smoke and the mind quickly follows suit and thus, a person smokes. This is so hard to stop because the brain has a certain influence over how we act. This relates closely to how men often stare at pretty women. Its not necessarily a conscious act, it’s pure instinct and impulse brought on by the brain’s basic logic.
So what can we do to stop this impulsive behavior?
One proven method, experimented by Stony Brook University, is that smokers commit to recording every smoke they have during a day. Its simple, write down in a notebook or your phone, every time you smoke during a day. That’s the first step.
How does this stop the impulse to smoke?
For one, having to put the information down will seem like a chore. This ‘pain’ will start becoming related to smoking, thus making smoking less desirable to the brain.
The next step is to commit to smoking the exact same amount every day after you have recorded on day 1. How does this stop the impulse to smoke you may ask?
Impulsiveness and long-term views are inversely related. When one is impulsive, long-term consequences are typically ignored. When one becomes long-term oriented however, impulsiveness decreases! When committing to smoking the exact same amount, the brain will also consider this a chore.
The most effective way to get over impulsive acts is to make them into chores and have negative stimuli. Having the stimuli related to smoking such as recording the smoking time and following a schedule are two chores that the brain does not want on its impulsive level.
This will ultimately lead to the mind being in control. You may smoke when desiring it for yourself but the instinct to smoke will slowly go away due to the long-term view you have adopted with the chores!
Try it, commit to the recordings and scheduled smokes, and you will start to find you get sick of smoking at the level you currently are.
Author’s Experience: I was being very lazy. My brain was telling me to sit around and do nothing but look on my phone, etc (impulsive, easy acts) for hours on end… So I followed this method and recorded every aspect of my day for three days. On the second day, I was so sick of recording and seeing the time I sat around, that I started to do more productive things than sitting around! Now whenever I just sit around, its never for very long because I remember the huge annoyance that writing my whole schedule was! This method works, people!
THE MOST IMPORTANT POINT :
The brain is not necessarily against our success, it is only wired for the easiest paths of existence. Making the ‘easy’ paths become an annoyance or chore will always lead to the beneficial paths being more valued by our brain.