Conviction, Courage and Determination


Quitting smoking requires all three strengths in equal doses, just like the three sides of an equilateral triangle, which is considered one of, if not the strongest of geometrical shapes.

Conviction: a firmly held belief or opinion.

Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one, or strength in the face of pain or grief.

Determination: firmness of purpose; resoluteness.

Putting those definitions into terms of quitting smoking, it means that you need to have:

Conviction = a solid reason for why you want to quit.

Courage = the ability to stand up to the difficulties you’ll face when quitting.

Determination = a driving force within you to reach your goal.

Many people who fail to quit do so because they are missing one of these elements. Their reasons for quitting don’t withstand the test of time. They give in too easily when confronted with the reality of not being able to smoke anymore, or they don’t have the resolve they thought they had to follow through. At least, until they are free of the addiction to nicotine and the psychological attachment to smoking.

That sounds very harsh on the surface, but it’s not, and it’s not anybody’s fault. Many of us have launched ourselves into projects that failed because we were not prepared, we hadn’t learned or understood what to expect, and we felt less than confident going into them. I’m a self-proclaimed expert at messing up D.I.Y projects and then having to call in a professional to fix my mess before fixing the actual problem. 🙂

My point is that you shouldn’t just throw yourself into quitting smoking and hope that it works out alright. It’s much better to understand why you want to quit, learn about what to expect when you quit and learn to build that confidence to see you through to success.  It may sound like a tall order, but it’s totally achievable!

2 thoughts on “Conviction, Courage and Determination

  1. Kathleen McCormick December 1, 2014 / 2:03 am

    I like your blog and am impressed with how you are tailoring to the smoking cessation candidates. Keep up the good work! I am sending your posts to a friend who could use your insights.


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