Quitting Smoking: Connect With What’s Important

Major change has a way of dominating our thinking. Whether it’s changing jobs, moving into a new apartment, or quitting smoking, we tend to get laser-focused on that one thing.

That makes sense. Working toward important goals like quitting smoking requires concentration, time, patience, planning, and a good deal of mental effort.

But sometimes it can help to take a step back and think about how quitting smoking connects to other important things in your life. You’re not quitting smoking merely to quit smoking. You’re doing it for specific reasons—physical, financial, emotional, or maybe all of the above.

Think about the big picture of your life—the things that mean the most to you.

  • How does smoking line up with those things?
  • How does smoking get in the way of what’s important?
  • How would quitting smoking impact the most important parts of your life?

Reminding yourself of how quitting smoking feeds into other important aspects of your life can help keep you on track. And if you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to quit, thinking about these other important areas of your life can help you figure out where you stand.

This is the fourth installment of a seven-post series on how to explore your personal relationship to smoking and quitting, based on some of the initial activities in the Pivot program. The full series is below. 

#1 Don’t Quit Smoking Today

#2 Quitting Smoking: Know Your Patterns

#3 Quitting Smoking: Identify Your Why

#4 Quitting Smoking: Connect with What’s Important

#5 Quitting Smoking: Know What’s in Your Way

#6 Quitting Smoking: Know Your Attitude

#7 Quitting Smoking: Create a Vision