How to Give Up Giving Up

September 18, 2014 3:15 PM

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How to Give Up Giving Up

The people who finally succeed in quitting are the ones who see relapse not as the end game and think, "Oh well that's it, I tried, it didn't work -- that's the end of that." Instead they see relapse as a step on the way towards permanent change. For them, it is an opportunity to learn from what didn't work and to move on from it.

Figuring out what didn't work typically involves some kind of investigation, usually starting with a question: "How come, if I really want to give up smoking, I'm back smoking again this afternoon? What's that about?" When I asked myself this question, back in the day, I discovered that my resolutio...

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