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How to Use the Law of Attraction to Stop Smoking

With all the popularity about the law of attraction these days, you're probably wondering whether or not it can help you with your habit of smoking.

But even if you're not a smoker, it's important that you read this and understand how the law of attraction can help you to kick other types of addictions.

Let's start by looking at how the law of attraction really works...

The Power of Your Thoughts

Okay, so you might not be able to simply think about something and watch it happen before your very eyes, you have to take action. But, the Law of attraction does have a significant influence over the thoughts which influence your actions. For example, your brain has a bundle of nerves in it which is referred to as your "reticular activation system."

This part of your brain (also called the RAS) filters through all of the information you experience and only allows what is relevant to your survival that's consistent with your beliefs to enter your mind. Sound impossible?

Just remember the last time that you were searching for something and it was either in your hand or somewhere directly in front of you and you didn't even notice it. This is because the act of searching for something causes your mind to operate under the assumption that you don't know where it is.

So if that item is right in front of your face, your RAS will filter out that information under the assumption that you don't know where it is so it must be somewhere hidden.  Now, what does this have to do with getting control of addictive behaviors such as smoking?

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Well, think about it... if you're always thinking to yourself: "I have to quit smoking, I need to stop smoking...how am I going to quit smoking?" you're constantly telling your brain that you're STILL smoking (otherwise you wouldn't be talking about quitting).

And because the thoughts: "I have to quit smoking, I need to stop smoking...how am I going to quit smoking?" all have something to do with the fact that you're still smoking, your RAS allows the idea of smoking and cigarettes into your conscious mind.

And the more prevalent the idea of you smoking is in your conscious mind, the greater influence it has on your thoughts, your beliefs and your actions. So what can you do about this?

Getting Your Thoughts Working for You

Okay, if you want to, you have to start feeding your mind with thoughts which will get your RAS filtering out anything from your experience which reminds you of smoking. If you do this consistently enough, you can actually see other people smoking in front of you and not even consider doing it yourself... how is this possible?

Again, because the RAS works to filter out anything in your experience which is NOT consistent with the dominating thoughts in your consciousness. So if you start to focus your thought away from smoking (or any other addictive substance), and towards something which will help you meet the same need as a substance but in a healthy manner, the power of the addiction will fade.

TIP: The best way to do this is to make a list of things which you want to do with your life that smoking could keep you from doing: training yourself to run in a marathon (or perhaps just a 5K to start with), weightlifting, taking up some kind of aerobic exercise or anything else which will require you to have a healthy body.

As you begin to plant these ideas in your mind, your RAS will get to work filtering out thoughts which are inconsistent with the goal you have decided to reach.

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