I don’t remember exactly how many times I tried quitting smoking but after practicing this bad habit for over 20 years, I was able to finally call it quits. That was back in 2006.
What was different that time to make it successful? I believe it was that I could visualize myself not having a smoke with the morning coffee. I could actually see myself having a nice cup of warm coffee, and there would be no cigarette in sight to be found. In previous attempts my internal voice would ask “But how are you going to drink you coffee without a cigarette?”. And then, since I didn’t have a good answer to that question, I would be back doing it again.
Interestingly enough, Dave Winer talks about an experience he had using the power of visualization:
“Later, when it did work, I realized that moment, while locking the front door that night, was when the company turned around. When we went from being in crisis mode to being a winner, for one very simple reason. I tried to visualize failure, and couldn’t do it.”
Read the whole piece here.