There are two states of mind that must be appeased before anyone will freely stop smoking. These essentials are called "Desire," and "Decision."

DESIRE: A want, crave or a wish for

DECISION: Making up of one's mind / a verdict or judgment

In order to kick the smoking habit, you have to DESIRE to kick the habit. You probably want to kick the smoking habit, at least some part of you does, or you wouldn't be reading this article.

In addition, in order to kick the smoking habit, you have to DECIDE to quit. Since you haven't broken the smoking habit, it simply means that you have not DECIDED to quit yet.

So what you need is to feel a strong provocation to make a "DECISION" to quit.

MOTIVATION, we all require it. The source of each of our motivations is our beliefs. Give it some thought, if you did not believe that you could be injured if you drank poison, you would not experience motivation to be cautious. If you did not believe that the gnawing sensation in your stomach meant that you were hungry, you wouldn't feel motivated to eat.

When it comes to breaking the smoking addiction, people need to feel lots of motivation to make the DECISION to quit smoking. Motivation is based on the thoughts that we believe. So you will need to figure out which ideas will motivate you (when you start to believe them). Because when you feel powerfully motivated, you will kick the smoking habit.

Thanks to NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and self-hypnosis for motivation, it is much easier to learn how to believe these new ideas than you probably think it is. However, you don't believe the ideas that will motivate you to kick the smoking habit at this point in time, or you would have already broken the addiction.

For the purpose of this discussion, we need to define a few words.

DOUBT: Uncertain/distrustful/dubious - "maybe it's this way, and maybe it isn't."

BELIEF: Trust/faith/tenet - A state of mind free of all doubt. In other words, belief means, "this is the way that it is."

HIGHLY VALUED CRITERIA: What is most important to you, as an soul.

When you believe that if you continue to smoke your highly valued criterion is jeopardized, you will feel the motivation that you need to break your cigarette smoking habit. We call this a negative motivator, because it is a belief that motivates you by providing you with terrible sensations. Negative motivators are great for getting you to make decisions.

When you believe that if you do quit, that which is most important to you will become enhanced, you will also feel the motivation that you require to kick the smoking habit. This is a positive motivator, because it motivates you by promising good feelings if you quit.

The first chore is for you to figure out what the most essential aspects of your life happen to be. Your most highly valued criteria are usually things that you can't see. For example: Money would not be highly valued criteria, but the freedom, fun, or security that money can buy would be highly valued criteria. Write your list of highly valued criteria down on a piece of paper.

Next you need to DECIDE what you will need to believe to feel motivated to break the smoking habit. Here is the good news, sort of: Logic has nothing to do with belief. Things don't have to be logical for anyone to believe them. As a matter of fact, they rarely are. So do not worry about logic!

The format for your negative motivator beliefs will be: "I believe that if I continue to smoke, something shocking will happen to my most highly valued criteria."

Make sure that you frame your motivators in the positive. In other words, always state what you want or what will happen. Never state what won't happen. Eliminate the "not" word from the beliefs.

In this example we will say that your children's health and welfare are your most highly valued criteria.

WRONG: "I believe that if I continue to smoke, I won't be doing my kid's health any good."

CORRECT: "I believe that if I continue to smoke, my secondhand smoke will make my children sick."

Next, create a list of positive motivators. "I believe that if I kick the smoking habit: (something very important will be enhanced)."

WRONG: "I believe that if I stop smoking, I won't make my children sick."

CORRECT: "I believe that if I kick the smoking habit, my kids will be healthier because I'll eliminate their contact with the dangers of my secondhand smoke."

The next step is to make changes to the computer codes in your brain to make yourself actually believe these new ideas. Now for a shocker: Your beliefs have nothing to do with what is real. Instead, your beliefs have everything to do with what your perception of reality is. In other words, it has a lot to do with the way that you see things.

Our belief systems are located in our unconscious. The unconsciousmind is like a computer. Computers do not reason. What goes in controls what comes out. To demonstrate, I want you to think of something that you already believe without the slightest bit of doubt. Make it a belief that makes you feel good.

For instance, it's easy for most people to believe that they love their kids. If that is true for you, make a mental image that lets you feel that feeling of love.

I'm going to ask some questions, and there are not any right or wrong answers.

Is your mental image a moving picture, or a still?

Is it in color, or in black and white?

Is it close or far?

Is it focused or fuzzy?

Is it normally bright, overly bright, or dim?

Is there a border on it?

Is it borderless?

Is it a panorama?

It does not matter what your answers are just write them down on a piece of paper. These are the computer codes that your unconscious mind uses to indicate your feelings of belief. In this case they are the codes for positive belief, because you have chosen a belief that gives you a good feeling. You've just calibrated your positive belief.

All positive belief pictures are bright and focused. If yours are not, you probably do not really have total belief. An element of doubt is probably present. So find another belief from which to calibrate.

If you think of something that you doubt, and you make a mental image of it, one or more of these computer codes will probably be different. Similarly, if you have a belief that gives you a bad feeling, (a negative belief): one or more of those codes will be different.

In NLP we call these particular computer codes visual submodalities.

Now you will need to calibrate a negative belief. So repeat the same exact process, but do so using an idea that you already believe, that makes you feel terrible.

Once you've calibrated your positive and your negative beliefs, it is a simple thing to influence what you believe so you can motivate yourself to DECIDE to quit smoking cigarettes.

So, to summarize, using the above example: "I believe that if I continue to smoke, my secondhand smoke will ruin my kid's health."

1. Sense how motivated you feel to kick the smoking habit.

2. Make a mental image that illustrates the above belief.

3. Adjust the computer codes (visual submodalities) of the image to match the mental codes from your calibrated negative belief.

4. If you are right handed, move your eyeballs (and your picture) up to your left and hold it there for five seconds. If you are left handed, go up to the right. This will help you to quickly memorize the belief.

5. Now become aware of how motivated you feel to kick the smoking habit. Do you feel more motivated? Do you feel less motivated? Or are your feelings the same?

By using this technique you can make yourself believe almost anything by making a picture in your mind that illustrates your new idea and then adjusting your mental image so that it matches your calibrated belief pictures.

And if you have a belief that is holding you back, you can use the same technique to change that belief to doubt by changing one or two of the submodalities and memorizing it that way.

Now that you can motivate yourself to DECIDE to quit, you will kick the smoking habit. A DECISION to quit means: I'm quitting no matter how much it hurts. If you are similar to most, you won't want quitting to hurt. The good news is that you won't have to suffer. Because there are several hypnotic methods that can greatly reduce, or even completely eliminate the discomforts of withdrawal from the cigarette addiction. And you can read about them in my library of unique and original hypnosis articles.

I also host a free entertaining video filled with quit smoking tips. It is titled "How To Stop Smoking The Easy Way." It is available both on my site as well as most of the Web 2.0 video sites.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH offers quit smoking hypnosis CDs for breaking the cigarette habit. He is the developer of the Neuro-VISION Video quit smoking hypnotherapy technology, which received a US Patent due to its effectiveness. Contact him through the Neuro-VISION hypnotherapy site.