Contrary to popular belief, motivation is NOT the key to long term behavior change. It plays an important role, but it’s not the star of the show because it can’t be counted on. You want someone in the leading role who shows up every time, someone who is consistent and dependable. Right? Then, we’re here to tell you: don’t count on your motivation levels alone.
Motivation is complex, because it can move you toward a desired behavior, or away from it. This can lead to a psychological tug-of-war.
We have previously discussed how improving your skills and/or getting the right tools can make a new habit (such as keeping a nicotine alternative product on you at all times) easier & more consistent. But when neither of those approaches work, there’s one last option: scale the desired behavior WAY back. Make it so small and so simple it would be ridiculous not to do it.
Tobacco and nicotine users have always been treated differently from those who don’t share their habit. If you’ve ever had to explain the bulge in your lip to a stranger or defend the use of your spit can at work, you know all too well the scrutiny that can accompany your nicotine addiction.
The Law of Ability: Make It Easy & It Will Come
If you subscribe to the “Go Big or Go Home” mantra, we’re going to have to ask you to leave that one on the court or field. When it comes to changing your behavior, “Go Big or Go Home” is actuall...
Before starting your journey to get rid of your nicotine addiction, you have to plan the route to get there. In a previous post, we asked you to brainstorm all kinds of different behaviors that could help you wean yourself off of nicotine over time. If you haven’t done that yet, read part one of How To Set Yourself Up For Success before continuing on here.
How hard is it to quit nicotine? The truth is that you can’t quit anything overnight and quitting nicotine is mentally and physically hard. But, the first step -- the one that leads to quitting nicotine completely once and for all -- you can complete by the time you finish reading this article: make the damn decision.
Like most things in life, quitting nicotine and tobacco seems like a very daunting task. Once you take the time to learn from people who’ve done it before you, the unknowns become less scary and the end goal looks more attainable. Replace your fears with facts, and you’ll have all the tools you need to face this nicotine monster head on. Using Grinds as a chewing tobacco alternative will help you start your journey.
Making the decision to quit using chewing tobacco is one of the biggest and most courageous decisions you’ll ever make for yourself and your family. As with any major life event, it’s only natural to feel anxious and preoccupied with the uncertainties of the future. Today, we will help you ease those anxieties!