We all have reasons to quit. Health, money, slavery, social status etc. are all great reasons to quit, but what about triggers?
I would think it rare for anyone to sit down one day and have a rational conversation with themselves, and decide that based on the fact that smoking is expensive, known to cause health issues, binds you to an established routine, and makes you look (increasingly) like a social outcast, it is best for them to give up.
I don't think it happens like that, or at least not very often. Try as we may to come up with reasons to quit, I think that most often we are triggered into action, based on some specific event, after all that logical thinking about reasons to stop has been done and digested.
Triggers might be something like:
- A friend stopped, so that motivated me to try.
- A family member / friend who smoked passed away.
- I ran out of breath while climbing the stairs / doing exercise.
- Someone told me I was killing myself by smoking.
- I felt guilty smoking in front of my children.
- My partner stopped and I wanted to follow suit.
I guess I'm looking to see if there was a Eureka moment (the trigger)?
Certainly for me there was, because I was hospitalized and it scared the sh*t out of me.
To get to the point, did you sit down and have a rational conversation with yourself and then quit, or did something specific occur to precipitate your quit? If so, what happened to tip your thoughts from reason into action?