Thanks to modern advances like MRI Scans, we know the brain creates roads and highways, (neural pathways) and what happens when we start to smoke is that, although the first cigarettes taste lousy we persevere long enough for the action of smoking to be relegated to an unconscious activity, triggered by periodic withdrawal pangs when nicotine levels in the body drop.
So when choosing to stop smoking, we need to firstly weather the 100 hours of actual nicotine addiction (the easy part), and then to not only uproot the paths we have created by automatically lighting up after a meal, when sitting at the computer, when having coffee, but to consciously then create in their place a new set of patterns and activities.
Current wisdom is that it is almost impossible to completely extinguish an embedded habit, but it is entirely possible to redirect that habit into a more positive one. That’s why so many of our success stories go on to become runners and gym attendees, lose weight, eat better, grow in their careers and relationships, and become doers rather than talkers.
Change is catchy, and once started can and does have far reaching consequences.